A new pier for St. Petersburg (Florida), designed by Michael Maltzan

A new pier for St Petersburg designed by Michael Maltzan

A new pier for St Petersburg designed by Michael Maltzan

A new pier for St Petersburg designed by Michael Maltzan

Los Angeles’ very own Michael Maltzan has beat out some architectural heavy weights to win a competition for the design of the St. Petersburg pier. The firm, based in Silver Lake, was unanimously chosen over the likes of BIG and West 8 to develop their scheme that reimagines the Florida city’s waterfront and might resemble a giant tiara from certain angles. The usual experience of a pier is to go all the way out to the end and turn back, retracing all of your steps; instead, the winning scheme proposes a series of interconnected loops. Like the mathematical representation of infinity (or the figure eight), tracks cross each other before arching over a series of programmed spaces both on land and over the water. I’m not entirely sure that I understand the crenelated edge, but my favorite detail from the renderings has to be the smaller balconies that punch through the curving wall at the distant end of the pier. The balconies are small and more intimate, which is a nice moment in large, public works like this one.

This is an excellent project for the firm and it will be exciting to see how the scheme evolves as it moves from design to construction to reality.

2 Comments A new pier for St. Petersburg (Florida), designed by Michael Maltzan

  1. Matt M. January 25, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    I am a St. Pete native and I had a chance to see all three proposals on public display at the end of December. Maltzan’s proposal was by and far the best presented and most well thought out. The firm not only rethinks the pier, but also the city/pier transition, integrating an amphitheater, water park, and space for vendors and art displays. I loved it and was excited to see that their proposal won. Thanks for posting Alex!

  2. Michael McDaniel January 28, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    I like this one the best.

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