Alfonso Architects has received two Awards of Excellence from the Florida American Institute of Architects for the design of both the clubhouse and lodge at Streamsong Resort.
Located in Polk County, Florida, the resort is situated on 16,000 acres of formerly mined phosphate land owned and developed by The Mosaic Company, the world's leading producer of crop nutrients. The 316,000-square-foot lodge has 216 guest rooms, three restaurants, grotto style spa, and conference center.
The distinguished jury of architects commented that "the interior exhibits monumentality without being overwhelming and that the rich use of materials superbly defines the functionality of each level of the building." Alberto Alfonso, AIA, the lead architect on the project, designed a vertical building strategy for the lodge with four zones, Submersion (concrete and stone), Bank (steel), Canopy (wood), and Sky (glass).
The 42,000-square-foot clubhouse, situated in the saddle of dramatic sand dunes has 12 guest rooms, restaurant, golf shop, event space, two private banquet rooms, and an outdoor terrace overlooking one of Streamsong's serene bass filled lakes. The jury noted, "this project is beautifully sited and integrated into its surroundings and clearly displays a strong understanding of scale and rhythm to exterior detailing." The Florida AIA annually hosts the awards program to recognize the work of architects in the Florida and Caribbean region who contribute globally to the framework of the built environment.