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BIG architects: st. petersburg pier competition shortlist
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dec 01, 2011
BIG architects: st. petersburg pier competition shortlist


‘st. petersburg pier’ by BIG architects, st. petersburg, florida
all images © BIG architects
all images courtesy of the st. petersburg design competition

the proposal created by danish firm BIG architects is one of three shortlisted submissions for
the st. petersburg pier international design competition. the masterplan will organize and harmonize
a variety of individual events along a network of paths, merging to form the iconic pier structure
which will gradually flow into the waters of tampa bay. the branching pattern will collectively form
the ‘tributary park’ containing native plantings of diverse color schemes. the gardens will highlight
the programmatic sectors of the park including the museum, observation deck, playgrounds and natural
forested areas.


aerial view

bustling activity will be channeled towards the ‘wave walk’ which undulates to dip and rise from the water,
framing a swimming pool and small holding area for kayaks, canoes and small scale boats. similar to the waves
of the ocean, the increasing momentum generated by the volumes of people circulating onto the pier culminates
by looping the promenade overhead, sheltering people underneath and providing elevated views from the
generated roof terrace.

the plaza below the arch may be used for outdoor markets and as a band shell pavilion for concerts. the public spaces
terminate with a platform which submerges into the bay creating an additional view towards the city. exhibition spaces,
banquet halls and other public spaces will by placed inside the sculptural building.


view from the bay


wave walk


the wave


promenade loops into an arch to create outdoor seating


the wave can host a variety of public events


parade along the pier


atrium climbing wall inside the wave


inflatable bubble room for children


roof terrace on top of the looping structure


view from water


view of the wave from the tributary park


at sunset


concert viewing the city


at night


model


model


context plan


site plan


programmatic spaces along the wave walk


section


wave walk section


wave walk section


wave walk section


(left) seating oriented to view the city
(right) concert oriented to face the city


(left) concert oriented to overlook the water
(right) concerts facing both the city and water

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