Design Concepts For The Burg’s New Pier

The new designs for the St. Pete Pier have arrived. History tells us that redesigning the Pier is far from a simple process. The City has taken careful steps this time to create a more consistent and constructive dialogue between the community and the architects looking to leave their mark on the Burg.

Here are the list of candidates and their designs:


1. ahha! design group: The Crescent 

ahha! is a local firm whose list of projects includes everything from speakeasy lounges and international hotels to The Columbia Center and The Falcon Art Community. The diversity of projects and commitment to public outreach could prove vital in creating a pier the entire city can love.


2. Alfonso Architects: ALMA

Alfonso Architects, located in Tampa, are no strangers to St. Pete. The firm designed the iconic Chihuly Collection and is in the process of designing the new Museum of The American Arts and Crafts Movement. Their familiarity with the St. Pete area and their longstanding engagement with residents give us confidence in their vision.


3. FR-EE w/ CIVITAS and MESH: Prospect Pier

FR-EE w/ CIVITAS and MESH is a collaboration between several dynamic designers. The collective is behind such projects as Museum Park in Miami, Soumaya Museum in Mexico City, Villa S in Portugal and the Osaka Maritime Museum in Japan. The groups cosmopolitan persona, blended with inspired ideas could deliver a pier that would be as practical as it would be artful.


4. Ross Barney Architects: rePier

Ross Barney Architects Inc., is a design firm from Chicago. Their experience includes the renovation of Northwestern University's Library, Fort Benjamin Harrison Child Care Center, Ford Calumet Environmental Center and the Chicago Riverwalk. Their extensive portfolio proves to be an x-factor for the firm that is setting out to create an icon.


5. Rogers Partners, ASD and Ken Landscape Architecture: The Pier Park

Rogers Partners, ASD and Ken Landscape Architecture are responsible for the Elevated Acre project in New York, Constitution Gardens, National Mall in D.C. and Battery Park City Streetscapes, just to name a few. Their experience with urban design and natural development make them a strong candidate for the redesign.


6. St. Pete Design Group: Destination St. Pete Pier

St. Pete Design Group boasts a team of experienced architects that know the city like the back of their hands. Most notably, Design Director Yann Weymouth has a portfolio that includes the renowned Salvador Dali Museum in the Burg, and the Hazel Hough Wing of The Museum Of Fine Arts.


7. VOA: Discover Bay Life 

VOA is a global architectural design firm. The group prides themselves on totally immersing in the culture of the area they are working in. Their portfolio includes Parriss Island Child Development Center, Airforce HQ in Barksdale, LA, Orlando Museum Of Art and the Navy Pier in Chicago.


8. W Architecture: Blue Pier

W Architecture, based out of New York, portfolio includes the College Of Human Ecology at Cornell, work on the West Harlem Master Plan and Waterfront Park and The Edge in Williamsburg. Their background in working with waterfront areas in growing city's more than validates their candidacy for this project.


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Renderings via New St Pete Pier

Written by Dex Fabian

Dex Fabian is the co-founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. A graphic designer by trade, Dex has been witness to Tampa Bay's explosion to become one of the hottest regions in the nation. In 2009, he helped develop the brand for I Love the Burg and in 2014 developed the branding for That's So Tampa and has been a regular contributor to both ever since.