Located in Polk County, Florida, on a 16,000 acre property between Orlando and Tampa, the Streamsong Resort and Conference Center, designed by Alfonso Architects, is a celebration of reclamation, of both land and spirit. The site is formerly mined phosphate land owned and developed by The Mosaic Company, the world’s leading producer and marketer of phosphate-based crop nutrients. The 300,000 sq. ft resort includes 216 rooms in the main lodge, 12 rooms in the golf clubhouse, a full service spa , three restaurants, and 18,500 sq. ft of conference center space. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The resort will have two 18-hole golf courses by the renowned designers Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw of Coore & Crenshaw and Tom Doak of Renaissance Design. Alfonso, an established artist, will create paintings for each of the public and guest rooms to be displayed along with the poetry of his long time collaborator, Edward Mayes.
Since the mining has stopped, nature has taken over and provided us with the perfect inspiration” says Alfonso. “Giant dunes, lakes teeming with bass, and the wooded landscape are all reflected in the design. Guest rooms will have floor to ceiling glass with custom louvers and hardware to control light, the six story resort will be clad in Corton weatherizing steel and accented with native Florida cypress. A rooftop veranda will encourage stargazing at the brilliant cosmos above the rural landscape.”
The golf clubhouse and two golf courses are scheduled to open December 2012. The complete resort is expected to be finished in fall 2013, bringing more than 200 permanent jobs to the area.