HWKN: pine pavilion, fire island, new yorkimage © michael moran/OTTO

 

 

 

new york firm HWKN has given a new vitality to a fire island nightlife mainstay with their newly unveiled design for the iconic fire island pines pavilion. after a 2011 fire ravaged the legendary social hotspot, owners saw fit to revitalize the energetic social hub into a considered extension of the boardwalk and reframed nexus of the gay community. the architecture seeks to balance the equally important aim of preserving the relaxed, yet vibrant, energy of the pavilion with the overarching idea that fire island is an environmentally luscious escape from city life.

 

the architect, founder and CEO of the club, and director of entertainment speak about the symbolic importance and tectonic results of the pavilion video © FIP official

 

 

 

aside from the totally sensory experience of the wide-grain wooden material palette, the third iteration of the club sports two stories of outdoor terraces to accommodate ‘low tea’ casual afternoon casual drinking and ‘high tea’ late night energy. program volumes are interlocking puzzle pieces that blend the boundary between interior and exterior spaces. benches, wide staircases and storefronts activate the ground level in addition to the sculptural skin of the structure that stretches the public zone of the boardwalk. an internal loop of stairs weaves the volumes together, in particular the grand gesture of the height tea terrace that affords ideal views of the harbor.

HWKN: fire island pines pavilion, new york the wooden volumes act as material extensions of the boardwalkimage © michael moran/OTTO

 

 

 

subtly angled spaces reframe interior views and external lines of sight as well as play with levels of intimacy within the space. architectural elements become opportunities for social interaction– even the dance space is elegantly graced with a gradient of 7 foot tall bleachers, optimal for people and landscape watching. planimetrically open to all sides the pavilion is an place intensely optimized for mingling and informal interaction, but moreover a materially honest architecture centered on community and the creation of life-enriching memories.

HWKN: fire island pines pavilion, new york outdoor spaces compress and widen to create optimal social pockets that mediate between interiors and the idyllic natural setting image © michael moran/OTTO

HWKN: fire island pines pavilion, new york renderings show a design optimized for casual social interaction that can be adapted for summer afternoons or lively nightsimage © HWKN (hollwich kushner)

HWKN: fire island pines pavilion, new york spaces are framed and layered by elegant planes and beams of woodimage © HWKN (hollwich kushner)

HWKN: fire island pines pavilion, new york the new pavilion’s material palette help the structure become an extension of the boardwalkimage © HWKN (hollwich kushner)

HWKN: fire island pines pavilion, new york view of one of the ‘tea’ terraces with ideal harbor scenery as a backgroundimage © HWKN (hollwich kushner)

HWKN: fire island pines pavilion, new york in progress view of the pavilion

 

HWKN: fire island pines pavilion, new york

floor plan level 0 image © HWKN (hollwich kushner)

 

HWKN: fire island pines pavilion, new york

floor plan level 1image © HWKN (hollwich kushner)

 

 

HWKN: fire island pines pavilion, new york

long section image © HWKN (hollwich kushner)

 

 

HWKN: fire island pines pavilion, new york

short section image © HWKN (hollwich kushner)

 

 

HWKN: fire island pines pavilion, new york

mass diagram, whole form image © HWKN (hollwich kushner)

 

 

HWKN: fire island pines pavilion, new york

mass diagram, with stepped and setback volumes image © HWKN (hollwich kushner)

 

 

HWKN: fire island pines pavilion, new york

axonometric volume diagram, circulation insertionimage © HWKN (hollwich kushner)

 

 

HWKN: fire island pines pavilion, new york

axonometric volume diagram, planar insertionimage © HWKN (hollwich kushner)

 

 

HWKN: fire island pines pavilion, new york axonometric diagram, structure as skin image © HWKN (hollwich kushner)

 

 

project info:

 

location: fire island pines, fire island, nyclient: blesso propertiessize: 8,000 sq ftstatus: complete! principal in charge: matthias hollwichproject architect: egbert miles chuteam: tim aarsen with adam hostetler, jamie abrego, robert may, gregory nakata, mark paz, clare reidy, brett wiemann, nickie huang, agnieszka wojciechowicz