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St. Petersburg Pier in Florida by Bjarke Ingels Group
December 13th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Bjarke Ingels Group
BIG PRESENTS ITS FINALIST SCHEME FOR ST. PETERSBURG PIER
The city of St. Petersburg has released the three final designs for the St. Pete Pier including BIG’s the Wave, conceived as a strong character on the skyline and waterline of St Petersburg and Tampa Bay. Its characteristic waves and curves lend themselves to an array of activities around and within them.
The Pier is integral to the identity of St. Petersburg – a landmark – or rather watermark – that is a point of reference and a gathering point for the people of the city.
The Wave is conceived as a strong character on the skyline and waterline of St Petersburg and Tampa Bay. Its characteristic waves and curves lend themselves to an array of activities around and within them: a view point, a pavilion, a band shell, a boat pier, a market place, a banquet hall, an exhibition space, a beach, a boardwalk, a stage and an audience. But most importantly – Like water it rests on – the Wave pier is shaped by the life within and around it, and is flexible and open to change.
As life in the city evolves – so will the pier evolve with it. Its strong form and generous spaces can accommodate a multitude of programs – either one single destination or multiple individual activities or tenants. Its sculptural exterior creates a series of public spaces – the rooftop outlook on the break of the wave, the spectator stands in the curl of the wave, the covered stage under the arch of the loop and the beach as the pier dives into the water. Within the thickness of the wave a cascade of programmable spaces form a single loop. As times change this spaces can be joined or parted to suit the needs and opportunities of the city and its citizens.
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