“The Lens” designed by Los Angeles firm Michael Maltzan Architecture in collaboration with landscape architects Tom Leader Studio, has been selected as winner of the international competition to redesign the St. Petersburg Pier in Florida. Images: Michael Maltzan Architecture
The scheme proposes a network of looping walkways and sweeping bridges which will add a landmark to the waterfront of St. Petersburg, Florida.
“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.” – Michael Maltzan Architecture (Competition Entry Design Statement)