Four Florida Moderns

Four Florida Moderns TOCFour Florida Moderns: The Architecture of Alberto Alfonso, René González, Chad Oppenheim & Guy W. Peterson  (With contributions by Robert McCarter, Charles Gwathmey, Richard Meier, Terence Riley & Warren R. Schwartz) is a book published by Saxon Henry in 2009.


Four Florida Moderns


In his foreword for the book, Robert McCarter declares, “Modern architecture is alive and well and living in Florida.” If there were any question as to modernism’s longevity and influence on today’s generation of architects, the array of architectural styles and statements coming out of Florida from four of its best practitioners puts the matter to rest.

Alberto Alfonso, René González, Chad Oppenheim, and Guy Peterson—The Florida Four—are making a name for themselves in contemporary architectural circles, infusing modernist traditions with their own flair. Practitioners of modernism in Florida—or, more accurately, tropical modernism—they are producing noteworthy works that display their commitment to distinctive regionalism. This book is the first to showcase their rich and varied repertoires.

Each of the four architects has a unique take on modernism, resulting in four very different aesthetic approaches. From airports, medical facilities, and museums to open-air chapels, waterfront homes, and condominium complexes, their designs are fascinating for both their rootedness in modernist ideals and their dramatically different interpretations of it.

More than 300 vibrant, full-color photographs offer a survey of work by each of the architects, including Alfonso’s Airside C terminal at Tampa International Airport; González’s lobby renovation for Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art; Oppenheim’s Ilona Bay condominium complex in Miami Beach, which earned him an AIA merit award; Peterson’s 10,000-square-foot Theisen residence; and many more. Interviews that probe the architects’ creative processes accompany the case studies; and the notable architects Charles Gwathmey, Richard Meier, Terence Riley, and Warren R. Schwartz contribute critical assessments of their contemporaries’ works.

At once a striking visual tour and a thoughtful examination, Four Florida Moderns treats readers to the rich and innovative styles of tropical modernism as conceived by four trailblazing architects.


Alberto Alfonso Sketch