BIG architects: st. petersburg pier competition shortlist
BIG architects: st. petersburg pier competition shortlist BIG architects: st. petersburg pier competition shortlist
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



context plan

site plan

programmatic spaces along the wave walk


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

  • Nice project but for me it looks defenetly too fat. A bigger and smaller loop with more elegant proportions would look better I think. now its too much the buggy-rubber-tire one. The inside has absolutely nothing to do with the outside, they just putted horizontal floors inside…what a pity, how nice could it be to organize an interesting walktrough…

    Tom Pepper says:
  • so silly…

    felix says:
  • Looks like a giant version of the skateboard look ramp…now you need a giant skater

    mash says:
  • its been over 5 years since their people building and theyre still doing same stuff. its a really efficient enterprise. Way to go Bjarke!

    technologic says:
  • It really is a proposal way too large, although the design pleases me very much. The form is simple and almost instinctive, but its scale and grandeur reflects the importance of what is intended.
    In this bias, the “fat” makes perfect sense.

    @gxrgxr says:
  • Another BIG time project!

    JR says:
  • Great, appropriate and exciting! Good to know that there are people out there who do not need the computer as a source of inspiration, but as a tool to display and construct their genuine man-made ideas.

    tico says:
  • they cant find solutions for small scales where there’s no much space.think least there are no diagrams with arrows…

    wherearewegoing says:
  • BIG! this is so, so, so dumb. lets concentrate on the loop-d-loop and ignore the rest of the site then?

    reallllllllllly says:
  • By the way: they have studied their Boullée, haven’t they?

    tico says:
  • BIG: form fabricates function.

    wpgmb says:
  • looks like a winner
    check out the other entries at

    notagain says:
  • My only problem with the project is that it is the exact same thing the have done in two different projects, the latest of them being loop city, where you find the exact same shape.

    SR says:
  • haters gonna hate ! respect from TU Delft Faculty of Architecture

    Delft dudes says:
  • stop hatin 😉

    joo says:
  • Haters are bitter. They can’t do better than that.

    Truth says:
  • People will always be jealous of talented people, and Bjarke Ingels is one of the most talented practicing architects today. He creates awesome spaces, what a great addition this would be to any city with a waterfront! I hope it gets built

    Pure Awesomeness says:
  • Bjark is so cool, I love him as much he loves himself ! <3

    cubert says:
  • I believe Mattel designed this about 20 years ago. It was called a Hot Wheels Track…

    Thomas says:
  • This project is trash!
    And that is the truth.
    BIG has made some nice projects but this is surely not one of them…

    noooooooooooo says:
  • wonderful! another giant, artificial monument to excess. architecture is important because it exists in time. this has neither staying power, nor is it even appropriate to the present time. the form is excessive in my opinion.

    thumbs down 🙁

    jorge says:
  • I lived north of St Pete a few years ago and I remember a hurricane was supposed to go right up Tampa Bay. It didn’t and landed further south. I just wonder whether this design or any other will stand up to the wind/water forces of a hurricane landing in that region. d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • Nice concept,
    Being Florida, it will be shown but never built.

    lornec says:
  • so simplistic form from BIG, as they already used us with

    stefan says:
  • The Pier we HAVE offers more to the public and tourist.
    I say repair what we have. Let the people vote for what they want.

    carol gray says:
  • Let the people vote on what the want. I say keep the PIER we have.

    mary says:
  • beautiful renderings…

    a.brach. says:
  • highly impractical. something that big and unsupported will be ripped away by the first hurricane, wasting all that money. a very poor design with absolutely no consideration for the area that it will be placed.

    moose says:
  • I honestly thought it was real…
    Good work.

    Dan says:
  • Wow! Go for it! Super impressive, practical, inspiring, imaginative. I’d make the trip from Jacksonville just to experience it (and that’s saying a lot for me)!

    Schwen says:

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