A new pier for St. Petersburg (Florida), designed by

A new pier for St. Petersburg (Florida), designed by Michael Maltzan

A new pier for St Petersburg designed by Michael Maltzan

A new pier for St Petersburg designed by Michael Maltzan

Los Angeles’ very own Michael Maltzan has beat out some architectural heavy weights to win a competition for the design of the St. Petersburg pier. The firm, based in Silver Lake, was unanimously chosen over the likes of BIG and West 8 to develop their scheme that reimagines the Florida city’s waterfront and might resemble a giant tiara from certain angles. The usual experience of a pier is to go all the way out to the end and turn back, retracing all of your steps; instead, the winning scheme proposes a series of interconnected loops. Like the mathematical representation of infinity (or the figure eight), tracks cross each other before arching over a series of programmed spaces both on land and over the water. I’m not entirely sure that I understand the crenelated edge, but my favorite detail from the renderings has to be the smaller balconies that punch through the curving wall at the distant end of the pier. The balconies are small and more intimate, which is a nice moment in large, public works like this one.

This is an excellent project for the firm and it will be exciting to see how the scheme evolves as it moves from design to construction to reality.

Alex

(Via The Fox Is Black.)

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Zaha Hadid’s Parking Garage

Zaha Hadid’s Ultra Sylish Parking Garage

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Only Zaha Hadid could make a parking garage look this stylish. The world-renowned architect will be designing the new structure for Miami. After the city’s previous success with famous architects Frank Gehry, Enrique Norton and others, it’s created new, visually striking car parks that have attracted worldwide attention. The mayor, Matti Bower says “even our parking garages are more than a group of parking spaces. Some have become destinations within themselves and have attained individual iconic status. Every building can be a work of art.”

(Via Jacob Paul Wiegmann’s Posts – My Modern Metropolis.)

Shanghai Expo 2010

Shanghai Expo 2010

The Shanghai World Expo 2010 has a showcase of buildings designed by a variety of architects around the world, on display until October 31, 2010. You can think of it as an Olympics with architecture instead of athletes. Here is a sampling of the amazing pavilions.


United Kingdom, Thomas Heatherwick


Australia, Wood Marsh and Think!OTS


Austria, SPAN & ZEYTINOGLU


China, He Jingtang


Denmark, BIG, ARUP and 2+1


Germany and China, Markus Heinsdorff


Israel, Haim Z. Dotan


Japan, Yutaka Hikosaka


Republic of Korea, Mass Studies


Luxembourg, Francois Valentiny


Nepal, Nepal Implementing Experts Group (IEG)


Netherlands, John Kormeling


Poland, Wojciech Kakowski, Marcin Mostafa and Natalia Paszkowska


Saudi Arabia, Collaboration between Chinese and Saudi Arabian architects


Serbia, Natalija Miodragovic and Darko Kovacev


Spain, Benedetta Tagliabue


Sweden, SWECO


Switzerland, Buchner Bründler Architects and Element GmbH


Taiwan, Lee Chu-yuan


Turkey


United Arab Emirates, Foster + Partners

[via ArchDaily]

Photos by AFP and Chaz Hutton.

(Via Design Milk.)