Chihuly Collection Designed by Alberto Alfonso Opens in Florida

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TAMPA, FL.- The Chihuly Collection located in St. Petersburg, Florida, designed by award-winning architect Alberto Alfonso, AIA, is the first installation of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s art in a building specifically designed for that purpose. The exhibition, theater and retail space opened July 10, 2010 is the result of an intimate collaboration between artist and architect. “Early in the design process,” Alfonso notes, “we discovered a shared affinity for the work of Italian architect and glass artist Carlo Scarpa. This became a common thread for the materiality and presentation strategies which drove the richness of palette that includes western red cedar, venetian plaster and raw steel.” Alfonso transformed an existing 10,000-square-foot concrete shell into 12 individual environments which respond directly to the theory and basis of Chihuly’s art. These “dreams” first realized in delicate watercolors by Alfonso, are transitioned by a series of deep portals. Chih