October 5, 2016

Blue Pier

Our design for Blue Pier is rooted in joining the ecology, local culture, and the history of the pier. By weaving together two systems—upland lagoons and an extended pier—we created a new ecology in the city with more diverse landscapes and experiences. Extending the pier inland and replacing existing lawns and trees with a series of lagoons and coastal landscapes provides a setting for learning, enjoyment, and increased interaction with the water. This diverse ecology will also help improve water quality in the north boat basin through increased flushing. Sequenced along a shaded walkway, visitors will encounter splash pads, places for viewing sea life, boating docks, pile fields, and snack bars and bait shops. The end of the pier features a dramatic sloping lawn topped with a cantilevered canopy, the underside of which forms a large media display: the Marine Screen of Underwater Life.

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