Construction of the Pavilion dance club
at the Fire Island Pines will begin next month.
The Pavilion was one of the structures
devastated in a fire last November on the nearly exclusively gay male
community located on the barrier island south of Long Island.
Plans for the reimagined Pavilion were
designed by New York architects HWKN and developed by FIP Ventures.
In a deal worth $17 million, FIP Ventures in 2010 purchased nearly
three-quarters of the commercial properties on Fire Island Pines.
“Although the new building will have
the same envelope and mix of uses as its predecessor, the
similarities end there,” Matthew Blesso, managing partner of FIP
Ventures, said in a statement. “The Pavilion will be in context
with other Pines architecture. It will be made of wood and be modern
and casual, yet bold and iconic. It is the first thing visitors see
when getting off the ferry, and we've envisioned it to be the heart
of the Pines community.”
“We designed the new Pavilion around
the community and experiences at Fire Island,” said Matthias
Hollwich, co-founder of HWKN. “The building forms intimate public
spaces out of a single volume. It is carved and rutted pieces of
driftwood washed ashore by the sea.”
The new Pavilion will have two stories
of outdoor terrace and a “Welcome Bar,” which will serve as a
meeting place for residents and visitors.
Other structures devastated by the
fire, including the Canteen building, Pool Deck, bulkhead and
boardwalk, have been fully repaired, FIP Ventures said.