The Chihuly Collection at The Morean Arts Center The Chihuly Collection at the Morean Arts Center consists of a 10,000 square foot permanent exhibition gallery of the art of Dale Chihuly, renowned Seattle glass artist. The site was an existing concrete shell space in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. This architectural intervention is the only permanent collection of the artist. It also represents the only installation for the artist where the art and architecture were created collaboratively and simultaneously. The architectural strategy was to create a linear didactic experience that creates individual environments which respond directly to the theory and basis for the art. These "dreams", as Chihuly and Alfonso reference them, are then transitioned by a series of deep portals that signal the new eminent architectural experience. There was a conscious strategy to alternate scale and intimacy which mirror the artists body of work. Early in the design process, the architect and artist discovered a shared affinity for the work of the Italian architect and glass artist Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978.) This became a common thread for materiality and presentation strategies which drove a richness of palette that includes western red cedar, venetian plaster, and raw steel.