The St. Petersburg Pier, or Lens, serves as a new icon for the city which fundamentally reshapes and reframes the relationship between the City and Tampa Bay.

The competition-winning design, for which Wil Carson was the Senior Designer and Hiroshi Tokumaru the Senior Technical Coordinator at MMA, is focused on changing how St. Petersburg views itself and its relationship to its natural context, creating an active, vital new center for the City and its residents. Twin bridges extend out and back to a central hub, which encircles a marina and underwater garden, with the sheltering arc of a sail-like canopy extending overhead, sheltering this new civic promenade from the rain and hot sun. An amphitheater and new park knit this new icon into the fabric of the nearby waterfront, and a series of nearby “energy islands,” which provide a constant source of renewable energy for the entire project through a combination of wind- and water-powered turbines.


Senior Designer & Senior Technical Coordinator, MMA


MMA | Architecture & Urban Design

Tom Leader Studio | Landscape Architecture

Wannemacher Jensen Architects | Associate Architects

Buro Happold Consulting Engineers | Sustainability

Mote Marine Laboratory | Marine Science

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