The Design Finalists for the St. Pete Pier

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The entries in the Pier Design Contest are in, and the options are as interesting as they are different.

The three architectural firms, selected from a field of nine diverse semi finalists yesterday are Michael Maltzan Architecture, West 8 Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, and BIG.

All the designs offer some highly interesting options, including retail, to the iconic St. Petersburg Pier that you can view in person at the St. Petersburg Museum of History starting December 6th. The exhibit is free and open to the public until Dec. 30. Viewers are encouraged to view the plans in detail at the links provided below and vote for their favorite here.
Michael Maltzan Architecture's design documents describe a giant lens on the water, a swirling presence that is not so much on the Bay as it is part of the Bay. 

BIG's offering, weighing in at a hefty 206 pages and taking into account the flora, fauna and usage of what appears to be most of the 'Burg's downtown waterfront, looks like a giant loop de loop that leads visitors gently down into the bay itself.

West 8 Urbaban Design and Landscape Architecture, have created an ovoid structure that sits on a newly created beach out the bay.

A jury, comprised of County Commissioner Ken Welch, University of California Professor of Architecture Stanley Saitowitz,Tampa-based urban designer James Moore and City Council Member Leslie Curran will make the final selection by January 20, 2012. City Council will then review the jury's assessment, and approval of the winning design will occur by February 2, 2012.

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