St Petersburg in Florida has opened an international design competition for the £27 million overhaul of its iconic pier
The two-stage contest will select a multi-disciplinary team to either renovate or completely rebuild the waterfront landmark.
The competition comes a year after the city abandoned a competition-winning regeneration vision by Los Angeles firm Michael Maltzan Architecture following a referendum by residents. BIG and West 8 had been shortlisted for the project.
Participants in the latest competition must show how their proposals meet a range of requirements set by the local community.
St Petersburg’s pier first opened in 1889 but the visitor attraction has been reconstructed several times and the latest structure was completed by local architect William Harvard in 1973.
The five-story inverted pyramid-shaped building – featuring an aquarium, shops and restaurants – closed to the public last year.
Applicants to the latest competition must first outline their qualifications, previous projects and design approach.
Up to eight shortlisted teams will then receive around £18,000 each and be invited to develop designs for the competition’s second stage.
A winner is expected to be announced by the end of the year.
The deadline for requests to participate is 5 September.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
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