St. Petersburg Pier
Location: St.Petersburg, Florida
Program: Municipal Pier Re-visioning
Collaborative Partners: Long and Associates
The first piers were simply wooden pilings, built for the purpose of hauling crates of oranges or fresh fish from businesses or farm to market. When the Million Dollar Pier was dedicated in November 1926, ten thousand cheering spectators turned out. In 1967, after having endured a tumultuous tenure, the pier gave way to the 1973 upside-down (inverted) pyramid which has become the city’s most identifiable landmark and waterfront attraction. After years of disrepair, the City launched a design competition to revision what this municipal icon could become.
Affectionately titled repier, the project embodies St. Petersburg’s greatest attributes and aspirations. It is inspired by the city and aims to proudly demonstrate to its citizens and visitors what St. Petersburg has to offer now and in its future. Two landmarks are the focal points of the repier: the Inverted Pyramid, historic and beloved, reborn with new purpose; and the Solar Plaza, a new civic hub. These nodes are linked by the Promenade, a path developed to make the passage between them dynamic, fun, and comfortable.
The St. Petersburg pier, in its various forms, has served as a landmark for the city for over a century. The repier project emphasizes this historical role by refining the form of the well-recognized Pyramid and creating a bold new landmark, the Solar Plaza, at the uplands. Beyond its role as a highly visible icon, repier is a sort of public living room – a place to take visitors and entertain guests. Designed as a place of both interest and comfort, it could be a place for being active, social, or contemplative.
The design augments St. Petersburg’s identity with a proud, new destination that could only happen here. reuse, restore, reimagine, repier.