St. Petersburg Wave Pier by BIG

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St. Petersburg Pier

Project: St. Petersburg Wave Pier
Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingels Group, Thomas Christoffersen
Project Leader: Daniel Kidd
Project Team: Marcella Martinez, Andreia Teixeira, Suemin Jeon, Alessandro Ronfini, Chris Falla, Ho Kyung Lee, Jeremy Alain Siegel, David Brown
Collaborators: Mesh, Martha Schwarz Partners, Atelier Ten, Thornton Thomasetti, Parsons Brinckerhoff, HR&A, CC&A
Client: City of St. Petersburg Florida, USA
Scope: 424 000sqf / 39 400m2
Location: City of St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Website: www.big.dk
Another impressive proposal coming from Bjarke Ingels Group this time designed for the ongoing competition for the design of St. Petersburg Wave Pier. View more of the project after the jump:

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From the Architects:

The city of St. Petersburg has released the three final designs for the St. Pete Pier including BIG’s the Wave, conceived as a strong character on the skyline and waterline of St Petersburg and Tampa Bay. Its characteristic waves and curves lend themselves to an array of activities around and within them.

The Pier is integral to the identity of St. Petersburg – a landmark – or rather watermark – that is a point of reference and a gathering point for the people of the city.

The Wave is conceived as a strong character on the skyline and waterline of St Petersburg and Tampa Bay. Its characteristic waves and curves lend themselves to an array of activities around and within them: a view point, a pavilion, a band shell, a boat pier, a market place, a banquet hall, an exhibition space, a beach, a boardwalk, a stage and an audience. But most importantly – Like water it rests on – the Wave pier is shaped by the life within and around it, and is flexible and open to change. As life in the city evolves – so will the pier evolve with it. Its strong form and generous spaces can accommodate a multitude of programs – either one single destination or multiple individual activities or tenants. Its sculptural exterior creates a series of public spaces – the rooftop outlook on the break of the wave, the spectator stands in the curl of the wave, the covered stage under the arch of the loop and the beach as the pier dives into the water. Within the thickness of the wave a cascade of programmable spaces form a single loop. As times change this spaces can be joined or parted to suit the needs and opportunities of the city and its citizens.