St. Petersburg Pier Redesigned
Opened in the summer of 2020, The New St. Petersburg Pier is the jewel in downtown's waterfront. It provides something for everyone, from tourists to residents, no matter how much money is in pocket. Visitors can choose their experience throughout the area, and its exploration and activity areas provide a multitude of flexible programs and experiences - from children to seniors, nature lovers to boaters, fishermen to fine diners. The views of the cityscape from the pier head are unparalleled.
The pier's 26 acres creates the ultimate place to relax, stroll, bike, shop, drink, and more. The design includes three restaurants, a beach, a walkable coastal thicket boardwalk running along the waterway, inviting spaces to sit and picnic, a concert space, a playground including interactive water play, a snack bar, a discovery center and classroom, a marketplace featuring local independent vendors, multiple restaurants and more with public art scattered throughout the project.
Landscape architecture firm Ken Smith Workshop, based in New York, was selected to partner on the project with architect Rogers Partners based in New York, and ASD|SKY serving as architect of record. Booth Design Group Inc, based in St. Petersburg, served as the local Landscape Architect. This team designed the portion of the Pier that includes the Pier Plaza and all elements East, extending toward the water, including the spa beach, splash pad, coastal thicket, education building, pavilion, tilted lawn, fishing deck, and Pierhead lawn/building. Another separate team worked on the Pier approach.
The design of the new pier was predicated on its past. The old pier's design was a simple, long, concrete walk and driveway out to the pier head. It was an early-1970's-era, inverted pyramid-topped predecessor which was demolished in 2015. It left a lot of room to improve upon. The expansive, multifaceted public space now serves as a natural extension of the waterfront. Ken Smith's firm describes the new design as "The Pier does not take you to a place-the Pier is the place."
As seen in LASN magazine, March 2021.