City of St. Pete releases updated renderings of proposed “Lens” design for new Pier

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Michael Maltzan Architecture created and released a set of nine updated Pier renderings that highlight some of the latest design refinements of the The Lens new Pier design.

The Marina has been revised with a circular loop design with a 220 foot diameter and will now accommodate up to 24 motorcraft along with human-powered watercraft. Restrooms are also located in this area. In the background, note the Learning Steps amphitheater and the Promontory Grill (beneath the canopy to the right).

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 The Promontory harkens to historic St. Petersburg with hexagon block floor finishes beneath the Canopy and at the Promontory Grill. This area has been expanded to 22,900 square feet to allow for a larger Promontory Grill to be operated by the Columbia Restaurant. It can also accommodate community events and special functions. Visitors enjoy a designated area for fishing (200 feet), restrooms and a concession stand (375 square feet) are provided.

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Recent design revisions have increased the height of the Canopy from 86 feet to 104 feet above sea level.

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 In this design refinement, note the expanded Learning Steps, an intimate amphitheater that will accommodate 285 people for educational lectures, a musical or theatrical performance or special event. All seating is accessed via a ramp. The Promontory Grill to be operated by the Columbia is depicted in the background.

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Note the addition of staircases to provide additional access to scenic overlooks, which have been widened to seven feet. Overlooks are also now accessible to the bike path. An expanded Promontory Grill (3,200 square foot) is visible down below, as is the 375 square foot concession stand (to the right).

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The Pier and a dramatic lighting plan will radiate a beautiful display during evening hours. Underwater lights can be choreographed to provide nighttime light shows. In the aft, note the addition of the proposed Columbia Restaurant on the landside Hub.

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Recent revisions show a wider pathway with a minimum of 12 ft. width in all places. Note the proposed Columbia Restaurant location in the background on the Landside Hub.

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The Welcome Mat has been slightly modified and decreased in size. This large community gathering space would be ideal for Food Truck rallies, craft fairs, outdoor markets and running and walking events. Note the addition of a space for the proposed Columbia Restaurant (to the right).

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Recent design revisions have raised the top height of the Canopy from 86 feet to 104 feet above sea level. The bike path (below) has increased in length (now 749 feet), allowing for a gentler slope. These scenic overlooked are also accessed via an elevator or staircase. Note the circular design of the marina, now designed for both motorized and non-motorized watercraft.

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