BIG St. Petersburg Pier Concept by West 8

Wave Pier is one of three shortlisted proposals for the St. Petersburg Pier International Design Competition. The Wave tries to connect the water and the city of Petersburg by emphasizing the possibility of achieving unity through physical contact.


The programmatic concept includes a museum, observation deck, playgrounds and green areas. The loop-shaped structure mimics the physiology of the water wave: it goes underwater and rises in order to frame a swimming pool and holding areas for kayaks, canoes and small boats.

“The pier design we share here is a series of experience, including where it meets downtown, at the municipal marina, at the warm waters where the manatee swims, and at the unbelievable horizon of Tampa Bay. The experiences along the way provide an unfolding journey, and a part of the fun getting to the pier’s end. The People’s Pier culminates at what we call the St. Petersburg Eye– a totally unique structure that has four levels, each with infinite views, exceptional experiences, open-ended settings, and inspiring vistas.”

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