Gallery: Architect Michael Maltzan’s “Lens” Wins St. Petersburg Pier Co...

A jury has announced that Michael Maltzan Architecture is the winner of the international St. Petersburg Pier competition. Maltzan's winning proposal, "Lens," is a collaboration with Oakland-based landscape architecture firm Tom Leader Studio, and it calls for the construction of a sweeping, curved pier with walking paths, a water park, a tidal reef and an open-air amphitheater. But what's with the name? "The new Pier is not an icon unto itself," MMA explains in the proposal. "It is instead a lens that frames the City’s relationship to the water, changing how St. Petersburg views its present and its future." The metaphorical lens will be directed both towards the city and the water, providing views of the bay and bringing people closer to the marine life.

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