St.Petersburg Pier shortlisted concepts unveiled

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Blue Pier | W Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Back in October, WLA reported that 8 teams were shortlisted to provide a concept design for the St.Petersburg Pier. These teams submitted their designs to the city on December 15. Each team received a $30,000 stipend to submit initial design concepts, complete with reports, renderings, cost estimates and a description of how the programmatic elements meet the findings of the Pier Working Group.

The Design Review will take place from December 16 to January 16 with a shortlist on 23 January with then public display input and then Final Selection in March.

The eight teams submitted the following designs

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ALMA: The Soul of St. Petersburg | Alfonso Architects, inc.

ALMA: The Soul of St. Petersburg | Alfonso Architects, inc.
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.

Destination St. Pete Pier | St. Pete Design Group
Destination St. Pete Pier | St. Pete Design Group

Destination St. Pete Pier | 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.

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The Pier Park | Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, ASD, Ken Smith

The Pier Park | 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.

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Blue Pier | 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.

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Prospect Pier | FR-EE with Civitas + Mesh

Prospect Pier | FR-EE with Civitas + Mesh
Absorbing the History – Projecting the Future
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.

Discover Bay Life | 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.

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rePier | Ross Barney Architects

rePier | 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.

The Crescent | 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?

Find out more about the eight design submissions at the official New St.Pete Pier website

Images Courtesy of  The City of St.Petersburg

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