St. Petersburg Pier Back
LOCATION _ ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA USA
SIZE_ 33,000 SF
TYPE_ CIVIC/ COMMERCIAL MIXED USE
COLLABORATORS_ BJARKE INGELS GROUP, MARTHA SCHWARZ PARTNERS, THORNTON THOMASETTI, PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF, HR&A, CC&A
Teaming with BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) for the competition to design a new St. Petersburg Pier, Mesh Architecture was excited to participate in the design process for the proposed Wave Pier. The design is conceived as a strong character on the skyline and waterline of St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay. Its characteristic wave and curves lend themselves to an array of activities around and within: 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. Its strong form and generous spaces can accommodate a multitude of programs. 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. Over time its spaces can be combined or partitioned to suit the needs and opportunities for the city and its citizens.