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(VIDEO) 'Lens' Design Updates Presented to the City Council

Last week, Michael Maltzan presented his evolving design for the "Lens" to members of the City Council.

Here is a video from last week's presentation by architetct Michael Maltzan about his "Lens" design, which is expected to replaced the existing Pier. 

In the above video, Maltzan talks about changes he has made to his design, based on public feedback, and his vision for the project.

Maltzan noted that the design changes are based on concerns raised by the public in more than two dozen community meetings.

The $50 million "Lens" design is slated to replace the inverted pyramid building. Maltzan and his team are going through the "basis of design" phase, which is expected to be completed and presented to council on Oct. 25. 

The inverted pyramid is slated to close on May 31, 2013;demolition would start in  September 2013. 

Shore Acres Rick September 20, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Growing enthusiasm? I think the Lens design is disliked and is considered inappropriate to St. Pete by the vast majority of the citizens; a sentiment that is growing, not abating. And I certainly don't think the architect or the local officials are listening so much as patronizing. The Lens feature won't work because the water is too murky. It's absurd to hold educational visits there, because there will be literally less to see than the tiny aquarium at the current pier. The Marina won't work because there is no mention of a breakwater there. Without a breakwater, you can't dock without your boat getting bashed against the pilings by the bay swell (just like the existing pier). There is still no inviting air-conditioned space at the 'promontory'. Perhaps most disappointing is that there isn't even the slightest hint of Mediterranean Revival architectural flair that this city is known for, which was the main criticism of the existing structure. One can't escape the idea that this was designed as a generic entry in an art contest without the slightest regard to function or how it integrates into THIS waterfront or THIS community. And that now they are going though the motions of trying to figure out how to fit this round peg into the the square hole without really trying to make it fit.
N.A.W. September 22, 2012 at 07:43 PM
23,000 petitions is community feedback. STOP THE LENS!
N.A.W. September 22, 2012 at 07:45 PM
STOP THE LENS.
N.A.W. September 22, 2012 at 07:48 PM
the lens boondoggle will be closed during any mild thunderstorm, where at present, people can run into the main building to escape bad weather. The "shade areas" they propose will not keep out sideways rain, or protect from lightning. STOP THE LENS!
N.A.W. September 22, 2012 at 07:50 PM
The lens is a disgusting display of arrogance being shoved down the throats of an unwilling populace! Do the math...23,000 registered voters signed petitions, I am one of them...and I have at least 20 friends and family that believe the same way....that's a heck of a lot of people! Never, ever, have I seen such blind arrogance from our supposed "leaders". STOP THE LENS!

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