When the main lodge opens later this year, the Streamsong Resort and Conference Center—a 300,000-square-foot marvel designed by Alfonso Architects and tucked into the wetlands of Polk County, Fla.—will become one of the premier golf and spa destinations in the state.
The finished resort will feature two world-class golf courses—designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw of Coore & Crenshaw, and Tom Doak of Renaissance Golf Design—a 50,000-square-foot clubhouse, a main lodge with 216 guest rooms, three restaurants, 18,000 square feet of conferencing space, two retail outlets and a host of other amenities.
Architect Alberto Alfonso has been allowed input on all phases of Streamsong’s design, and it shows in everything from the custom furniture to the flatware. He is also creating customized paintings, and wood and bronze artwork for each guest room. “We wanted every room to feel very personal, like you’re going into someone’s house, and remove the repetitive sterilization that you get in hotel buildings,” he says.
A theme of duality runs through the resort, from the coupled golf courses to the juxtaposition of light and dark woods in the interiors. The clubhouse exterior complements the theme with a stone base made of dark pietra, stained cedar grounding elements and floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the water.
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In a unique twist, Alfonso opted for 3-foot-wide, floor-to-ceiling walnut louvers in place of curtains in the rooms that line the glass facades. The louvers operate on joints that allow for natural lighting control. When closed, they create the illusion of a solid wood building.
Streamsong will also feature a cylindrical rooftop bar. Using blue Venetian plaster and wood, the bar brings the metaphoric tree to the sky. “Because we aren’t near any cities, there’s no luminescence blocking out the stars, and you can get a complete view of the horizon,” says Alfonso. “That was something we wanted to take advantage of.”
The clubhouse and golf courses are currently open, with the full resort scheduled to open in the fall of 2013. For more information, visit
www.streamsongresort.com or www.alfonsoarchitects.com.