Anyone remember the last architectural competition to redesign the iconic pier in St. Petersburg, Florida? The winning entry back in 2012, "The Lens", designed by Los Angeles firm Michael Maltzan Architecture in collaboration with landscape architects Tom Leader Studio, ran into fiery opposition from locals, organized by the group Concerned Citizens of St. Pete, and was eventually dropped.
This time around, the City of St. Petersburg launched a second RFQ for the pier's redesign, incorporating Concerned Citizens of St. Pete's core argument against "The Lens" — the preservation of the signature Inverted Pyramid design built back in 1973.
Eight finalists have now been presented to the public; each team equipped with a $30,000 stipend to develop initial design concepts, cost estimates and detailed reports.
Read on to learn more about the proposals.
Prospect Pier by FR-EE with Civitas + Mesh
Prospect Pier celebrates our unique geography, culture and history as a subtropical, waterfront city. In a reinvented Pyramid that looks to the future, it builds upon the Pier’s assets – a strong form floating over the water. Our vision is a journey that begins downtown, passes through a vibrant park and becomes a magical stroll over water before ascending through active, public spaces culminating in breathtaking views of city, sea and sky, high over Tampa Bay.
The Pier Park by Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, ASD, Ken Smith
The ASD/Rogers Partners/KSLA design honors St. Petersburg Pier’s robust, eclectic history while transforming it into a 21st century public place. It is a hub for activity; not only at the pier head, but all along its length. Flexible programs engage tourists and community alike – from children to seniors, nature lovers to boaters, fishermen to fine diners. The Pier does not take you to a place – the Pier is the place. It is THE PIER PARK.
Destination St. Pete Pier by St. Pete Design Group
The St. Pete Design Group's concept provides the perfect marriage of historic icon and modernized, functional pier; a pure, crystalline pyramid is surrounded by fun, contemporary elements and activities within multi-leveled layers of shade. Varied attractions that will keep residents and tourists coming back include a larger Spa Beach, multiple dining options, a children's zone and a spectacular waterfall. Come fish, play, relax and remember. Discover the New St. Pete Pier.
Blue Pier by W Architecture and Landscape Architecture
The vision for the St. Petersburg Blue Pier lagoon park is a grand civic gesture bringing the pier, bay and natural landscape closer to the city. Blue Pier acts as a unifying element uniting the Bay with the City along a new axis of recreational and economic activity. Starting new allows us to set a new sequence of events in motion to make the pier even more successful and relevant for the coming century.
Discover Bay Life by VOA
“Discover Bay Life” respects the past and looks to the future by transforming the upland park and pier into a new destination for St. Petersburg. Just as life on the Bay continually transforms, so does life at “The Pier”. Three destinations - Bay Life Park, the Pier, and the Marine Discovery Center - become one unique destination for locals and visitors to discover and enjoy year around.
rePier by Ross Barney Architects
repier is a vision of St. Petersburg as a catalyst for more environmentally-friendly, physically-engaging, and socially exciting urban living. repier adds opportunities to engage with the water, creates marine habitat, provides places to snack and sit in the shade, and builds a social space that also generates electricity. repier projects progress and hope and provides St. Petersburg with a place that is useful and loved.
ALMA by Alfonso Architects, inc.
ALMA…SOUL…SPIRIT. The Soul of the City. Cultural Icon. Just as the Eiffel Tower image alone can conjure up an entire cultural experience by merely representing a fragment of the City, the Pier transmutations over the years have served as the symbol and spirit of the place that is St. Petersburg. Our project will recapture the past, embrace the present, and look to the future. ALMA: The Soul of St. Petersburg.
The Crescent by ahha! - New Quarter
The crescent as a metaphor for the growth of our community. A gathering place for the people of St Pete; a place for learning and play. A place that is self sustaining. How does one have a pier experience without actually being on a pier?
Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?" - Frank Scully
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