Pier Won: Michael Maltzan’s Lens Selected for St. Petersburg

East, National, West
Friday, January 20, 2012
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MALTZAN'S "LENS" WOULD BECOME THE ACTIVE CENTER OF ST. PETERSBURG AS WELL AS TRANSFORMING ITS IMAGE. (COURTESY CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG)

MALTZAN'S "LENS" WOULD BECOME THE ACTIVE CENTER OF ST. PETERSBURG AS WELL AS TRANSFORMING ITS IMAGE. (COURTESY CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG)

Michael Maltzan Architecture has won the competition to redesign St. Petersburg, Florida’s iconic pier. In a group of ambitious proposals from the likes of West 8 and BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), Maltzan’s scheme was perhaps the most so, with a group of interconnected bridges and pathways arranged along a figure-8 plan leading to a large shell-structure at its end. Called “The Lens,” the gigantic project will frame the city through its structure and create a connection between downtown St. Petersburg and its waterfront. It will include a new tidal reef, a civic green, raised walking paths, an amphitheater, a water park and other leisure activities. More on this breaking story to come shortly.

A detail of Michael Maltzan’s pier proposal.

A detail of Michael Maltzan’s pier proposal.

Michael Maltzan’s pier proposal.

Michael Maltzan’s pier proposal.

A detail of Michael Maltzan’s pier proposal.

A detail of Michael Maltzan’s pier proposal.

Michael Maltzan’s pier proposal.

Michael Maltzan’s pier proposal.

A detail of Michael Maltzan’s pier proposal.

A detail of Michael Maltzan’s pier proposal.

A detail of Michael Maltzan’s pier proposal.

A detail of Michael Maltzan’s pier proposal.

One Response to “Pier Won: Michael Maltzan’s Lens Selected for St. Petersburg”

  1. barbaralamprecht says:

    Good for him. Concept reminds me of Lubetkin’s 1934 Penguin Pool at the London Zoo.

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