The Pier has served as St. Petersburg's icon since the very beginning. The first pier, the "Railroad Pier," opened in 1889 and served as a recreational resort for locals and tourists. The Pier has since seen many reincarnations and updates, most notably as the Million Dollar Pier in the 1920s and the Inverted Pyramid, built in 1987.
Ten years ago the city and council agreed on funding $50 million to replace the Pier approach and head, and controversy has since mounted on whether to revamp the existing structure or demolish it and build a whole new pier. After months of public displays and public meetings, the city selected The Lens design by Los Angeles-based Michael Maltzan Architecture. But St. Petersburg residents voted to cancel the city's contract and start the process again.
And that brings us to another vote. A set of new designs has been proposed, and residents are asked to vote for their favorites. The poll opened February 23, 2015, and closes at midnight on March 6. The results will be used by the Pier Selection Committee for a final ranking and selection to Mayor Rick Kriseman and City Council on March 20.
These are the seven contenders and the information included on the city's New St Pete Pier website:
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. Our project will recapture the past, embrace the present, and look to the future
ALMA: The Soul of St. Petersburg.
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.
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. Varied attractions that will keep residents and tourists coming back include a larger Spa Beach, multiple dining options, a children's zone and a spectacular waterfall. Come fish, play, relax and remember. Discover the New St. Pete Pier.
Discover Bay Life
"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.
FR-EE with Civitas + Mesh
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.
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. repier projects progress and hope and provides St. Petersburg with a place that is useful and loved.
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
For detailed look at the options, comparison charts and more, go to newstpetepier.com.
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