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Provencher_Roy Unveil Plans for Montreal Port Terminal

12:00 - 21 June, 2016
Provencher_Roy Unveil Plans for Montreal Port Terminal, Courtesy of Provencher_Roy
Courtesy of Provencher_Roy

Montreal-based Provencher_Roy have released images of their designs for the restoration of Alexandra Pier and the Iberville International Passenger Terminal, currently under construction in Montreal's Old Port. The new terminal will accommodate the operational needs of the modern cruise ship, offering tourists a new entrance into the historic heart of the city, and will provide residents with a new promenade and public space integrated smoothly into the existing urban fabric.

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Library on the Quay / ATA studio

20:00 - 30 May, 2016
Library on the Quay / ATA studio, © ZhongNing
© ZhongNing

© ZhongNing © ZhongNing © ZhongNing © ZhongNing +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Riverside Park, Tongling, Anhui, China
  • Architect in Charge

    LiZhu, Wang Jia Jun
  • Design Team

    ATA studio, Architects & Engineers Co. , LTD of Southeast University
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

Despite Controversy, Michael Maltzan Architecture's "Lens" Will Go On

00:00 - 7 December, 2012
© Michael Maltzan Architecture
© Michael Maltzan Architecture

Despite petitions and pending lawsuits against the project, the St. Petersburg City Council declared last night that Michael Maltzan Architecture's $50 million re-design of the city pier will go on. 

The project, known as "The Lens," has hit speed-bumps due to local dissidents, who have been vocally wary of the new Pier's price-tag/design and have called for a voter referendum. However, the architects have been sensitive to the process; since first winning the competition in January (beating out both BIG and West 8), the firm has taken part in local workshops in order to get community input, making some significant changes to the original design. 

After receiving local criticism that the Pier include more things "to do" and more shading, the firm has adjusted the design to include two restaurants, shaded balconies, and - in order to improve access - a road that can support service vehicles and a tram. Most noticeably, the plan for an underwater reef garden, the signature feature which gave the project its name, has had to be scratched: scientists have determined that a reef garden would be unrealistic with Tampa Bay's dark water

Last night's 7-1 vote determined that the project will now receive funding in smaller, pre-approved increments in order to safeguard against potential legal complications. However, no mater the outcome, the closure and the demolition of the current St. Petersburg Pier will take place between May and August 2013; if all goes to plan for Michael Maltzan Architecture, "The Lens" will open in summer 2015.

See updated Renderings for "The Lens," and a really cool video, after the break...

© Michael Maltzan Architecture According to, "Adjacent to parking facilities and located on land at the base of the Pier, the Hub will be the primary retail and restaurant destination for the new Pier. An elevated walkway along the water’s edge will offer unparalleled views of the dramatic Pier canopy, and space will be provided for retail, restaurant and other concessions." Photo © Michael Maltzan Architecture. © Michael Maltzan Architecture © Michael Maltzan Architecture +14