The city of St. Petersburg, Fl has recently released its top 3 choices in its design competition in to replace the old pier, which was opened in 1973. BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), part of Belgium-based design group West 8, has proposed The St. Petersburg Eye, a.k.a. the “Wave”; a 127-foot high loop-like strucure, which resembles a giant ferris wheel, and is supposed to emphasize the rising nature of a wave.
The structure will feature a 90-foot atrium, as well as a museum, observation deck, playground, and swimming pool, compete with water slides. In total, there is 424,000 of space, with panoramic views on each side of St. Petersburg and the surrounding Tampa Bay. Below is a statement from the architects themselves:
“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.”
Check out pictures of the design below, and check out the architects’ official website here.