St. Pete Pier

St. Pete Pier

The Rogers Partners / ASD|SKY / Ken Smith Workshop design for the new St. Pete Pier creates a destination that embraces the Pier’s role both as an icon for the City of St. Petersburg and an integral part of the vitality of downtown – a place for tourists and the local community alike, one that honors its history, while establishing a new icon for a 21st century public place.

International Design Awards, Gold Medal for Urban Design | AIANY Design Awards, Merit Award in Urban Design | The European Centre and The Chicago Athenaeum, Green Good Design Award | AIA Tampa Bay Design Awards, Honor Award for Urban Design.
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Competitions, Infrastructure, Landscape Architecture, Public Realm, Public Spaces + Parks, Sustainability, Urban Design, Waterfront, 
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The new St. Pete Pier is a 13-acre local and destination-based programming adaptable over time as recreation and quality of life grow and change with generations. Activities are diversified through flexible planning and programming that elevates and establishes a sustainable relationship between the natural and built environments. 

A variety of unique spaces enable active and passive connections to the bay: a coastal thicket, wet classroom, tilted lawn, and places for dining, fishing, boating, and swimming. The breakwater calms the water and creates more suitable environments for marine animals and plant life. The one-acre coastal thicket offers opportunities for new microecologies, created as part of the pier’s educational center, which includes 300 linear feet of new, artificial reef. Hydrodynamic modeling will allow for the production of calmed water and a naturalized beach frontage, enhancing both recreational use and seagrass habitats.


St. Pete Pier October 2019

The Pier does not take you to a place – the pier is the place.

The Pier extends the city’s green necklace of downtown parks and activities over the water, out onto the pier. Rather than a singular and heavily programmed destination at the pierhead, our design is a platform for a multitude of smaller and more flexible programs and experiences for both tourists and the local community – from children to seniors, nature lovers to boaters, fishermen to fine diners. It is a hub for activity from start to finish.


Location: St. Petersburg, FL | Completion: 2020 | Size: 250,000 SF | Client: City of St. Petersburg