The St. Petersburg Pier The Lens - City of St. Petersburg

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The Lens

The St. Petersburg Pier Michael Maltzan Architecture Tom Leader Studio

“For us, the ultimate significance of the Pier is not as an object, or even a single park, but as the central element connecting downtown St. Petersburg with its waterfront.”

Contents The New St. Petersburg Pier pages 5-22 The Lens: Framing the City and the Water pages 23-50 The Extended Loop: Continuing Development pages 51-72 Site Connections and Systems pages 73-90 Project Approach pages 91-100 Design Team pages 101-118 Appendix pages 119-153

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“The Lens is a new icon for the City of St. Petersburg, reframing the relationship between the City and the Bay.”

The New St. Petersburg Pier The Lens: Framing the City and Water The Civic Loop: Defining a New Civic Green The Hub: Between Land and Water Creating Connections: St. Petersburg and Its Waterfront



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The New St. Petersburg Pier

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Michael Maltzan Architecture / Tom Leader Studio

The St. Petersburg Pier is an extraordinary opportunity to create a new landmark that is representative of both the people and the City of St. Petersburg. As a team,we have come to know the City, its people, and its landscape. We recognize the challenge of continuing the legacy first begun by William Straub, as well as the importance of this key public space for all of St. Petersburg. Furthermore, the City and the Pier have a shared identity, one that has become inextricably intertwined over time. Given this close relationship, it is especially important that this new icon reflects and resonates with the City and its defining characteristic—its connection to the water. The new Pier is not an icon unto itself. It is instead a lens that frames the City’s relationship to the water, changing how St. Petersburg views its present and its future. While the Pier will remain an important attraction for visitors, we believe that the Pier must be first for the people of St. Petersburg, an active, vital part of the City’s life and culture. Operating on multiple scales of renewal—individual, urban, economic, ecological—this new Pier serve as a new kind of fountain of youth for St. Petersburg and its citizens, a symbol of the renewed vitality of the City, a platform for continued growth, and a destination within the City, the region, and our nation.



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The Lens: An Innovative View Like a magnifying glass on the water, the new Pier acts both as a lens back to the City and a window into the underwater world beneath. Looping out over the water from the shore, the Lens provides views of the bay below and sky above, framing and highlighting the reciprocal relationship between the City and the Bay. Rising above the water, the crenellated form of the Lens canopy evokes waves or sails, a crown on the eastern horizon. Twin bridge paths that extend out and back from the uplands, eliminate the traditional unidirectional path typical for a pier and instead creates a circuit that allows for a wider variety of experiences as visitors walk to the Pier’s length, take in the waterfront vistas, and return back to the City. From its beginnings as the Municipal Pier, the years of the “Million Dollar Pier,” and the decades that have followed, the Pier has always been a city forum; at its core, it is a place for residents to come together. It has also been the backdrop for important memories: fishing with a parent, a first date, a marriage proposal or returning with their own child. No longer simpl