The Streamsong Resort

Location: Polk County, Florida
Designer: Alfonso Architects
Project: Streamsong Resort and Conference Center
Data di realizzazione / Time of construction: 2013-2014
Foto / Photos: Albert Hurley
The American firm, Alfonso Architects, designed this splendid resort that was recently opened in Polk County in Florida, between Orland and Tampa. Situated on the site of the former phosphate mine, the tourist centre includes a hotel with 216 rooms

The American firm, Alfonso Architects, designed this splendid resort that was recently opened in Polk County in Florida, between Orland and Tampa. Situated on the site of the former phosphate mine, the tourist centre includes a hotel with 216 rooms, a golf course and its famous clubhouse, four restaurants, a spa and a conference centre.

Wood, stone, glass and, above all, steel are the main materials used to construct Streamsong, which develops vertically: four distinct zones with different characteristics – the “Submersion” area on the bottom floor containing the AcquaPietra Spa, the Underground Fine Dining Restaurant and the meeting rooms – the middle “Bank” level with the reception, lobby and public spaces, the “Canopy” area with the 216 hotel bedrooms and services – and the highest “Sky” level on the top floor with the Fragmentary Blue Bar on the roof top protected by a stainless steel mesh parapet offering a spectacular panoramic view of the surrounding uncontaminated landscape.

The Streamsong is the celebration of the renewal of both spirt and earth. Since the mine was closed, nature has taken the area over and covered the entire quarry with vegetation. “That is where we got our inspiration from” stated Alfonso the architect, “Enormous grassy soil dunes, the light of Florida, water, vast horizons and fertile landscape rich in vegetation are all elements that are reflected in the Streamsong design choices”.

Steel is found everywhere inside and out: stainless, corten, painted and galvanized, on the outside finishes like the sun shades, furnishings, parapets, window and doorframes and smaller details.

The Streamsong Resort has already won various prizes– 2014 Gold Tee award winner, 2014 US Clubhouse of the year – in just a few months since it was opened in January 2014, and it is the perfect combination of green architecture and leisure.

Marzia Urettini
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