Chihuly Collection Designed by Alberto Alfonso, AIA
The Chihuly Collection located in St. Petersburg, Fla., 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, and 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 works 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."