The Pavilion 2012-2014

 

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Artist renderings began immediately to keep the community informed and excited. Architectural firm  HWKN Hollwich Kushner created by Marc Kushner and Matthias Hollwich were hired by the FI Pines Ventures to design and build a new Pavilion.

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Spearheaded by Matthias working with the community came first.

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 A making of the Pavilion video was shown to the community moderated by Matthias Hollwich…     

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As the Sip n Twirl owned by PJ McAteer was already opened in 2012 there were options being looked at before construction to have a temporary Pavilion structure on the site. This never came to fruition due to permits from Brookhaven town.

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And so construction began August -September  2012.

 

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October-November 2012.

 

 

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We were there documenting the whole process…

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January 2013 and the walls go up…

 

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February 2013.

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Modifications were made along the way…

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March 2013.

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The upper deck overlooking the harbor for the Pines tradition of High Tea. Unfortunately the time had passed for this as the Sip n Twirl had taken much of the crowd during the down time the previous season.

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Inside the new Pavilion. A large skylight to let the night in. An extended extreme triangular bar in the center of the space would prove problematic. Outside bars reflected the same design principle with a better result…

 

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April 2013.

It begins to take shape…

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May 2013.

Coming to life…

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To emulate the feeling of the old Pavilion risers were put on either side of the dance floor. Included was the DJ booth at the top on the right.

 

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They had listened to the community on what they wanted. It was all about the details…

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It was decided to honor the original Pavilion with the inclusion of a Swarovski chandelier. The Swarovski crystals would be engraved with many community members names. 

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The new  Pavilion lights up the night…

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June 2013.

 

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Owners Andrew Kirtzman and Seth Weissman celebrate with Pavilion architect Matthias Hollwich at the first High Tea.

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The Grand opening…

 

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HWKN owners Marc Kushner & Matthias Hollwich celebrate.

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Marc Kushner of HWKN explains the design:

HWKN’s Marc Kushner explains: “When it is empty, [the new pavilion] is a muscular icon for the energy and vitality of the Pines – it visually welcomes every ferry that arrives to the island. As it fills with an afternoon crowd, the architecture fades in importance. The building becomes an armature to display the social spectacle of a weekend in the Pines.” Throughout the entire rebuilding process, the team received hundreds of letters, emails and Facebook messages from Pavilion devotees offering ideas, critiques, and support for the new complex. “In most of our projects, if I can achieve 90% of our design goals we view it as a triumph. In this case we got 100% as HWKN designed a flawless building,” says Matthew Blesso, Founder & CEO of Blesso Properties. “The design is incredibly bold, appropriately masculine and modern yet rustic. And they achieved this while meeting our diverse and demanding functional goals. The building will be a timeless icon for generations to come and I couldn’t be happier with the end result.” “The building, located at the intersection of all traffic to and from the island, is shaped to become a part of the everyday way of life for the community by fitting in comfortably with the open, beachy, and modern feel of the Pines,” says Matthias Hollwich, co-founder of HWKN. “Going beyond that, we infused every space with a social engine, including the triangular bars that encourage casual meetings, the arena-like bleachers in the nightclub that put the “see and be seen” opportunity into the 3rd dimension, and the inviting openness of the triangular facade frames. “The building’s form is sheared towards the harbor to visually welcome the over 800,000 visitors who arrive via ferry to Fire Island Pines every summer. The first floor offers a Welcome Bar to serve as a meeting place for all residents and visitors. The dance club encompasses the building’s second level, with a 2,400 square-foot dance floor and a 2,600 square-foot outdoor terrace which will host High Tea in the evenings, and double as an additional lounge at night. The Welcome Bar, the High Tea deck, and the Pavilion club space are all connected by an internal loop of stairs. Inside the club, stadium steps cascade out from one wall, creating an elevated view of the dance floor, with a skylight overhead providing a constant view of the starry night skies.The building is an exercise in sustainability. Many of the design elements that make the space fun, like the massive retractable roof over the dance floor, serve a double purpose by providing passive cooling on hot summer nights. The decision to open half of the building to the outdoors vastly reduces the need for air conditioning, while also re-connecting people to the beauty of the natural environment in Fire Island. Additionally, the choice of finishes on the exterior and interior is calibrated to minimize material usage by exposing the Pavilion’s raw construction.

Hollwich adds, “When we started designing the Pavilion, we came to realise that we were not just reporting to Blesso Properties, but that there are also all of the Fire Island Pines homeowners and visitors who are our clients as well. We knew we needed to listen to all of them – and we believe we did, integrating everything we learned into the design of the new building.” The building is an exercise in sustainability. Many of the design elements that make the space fun, like the massive retractable roof over the dance floor, serve a double purpose by providing passive cooling on hot summer nights. The decision to open half of the building to the outdoors vastly reduces the need for air conditioning, while also re-connecting people to the beauty of the natural environment in Fire Island. Additionally, the choice of finishes on the exterior and interior is calibrated to minimise material usage by exposing the Pavilion’s raw construction.

“The new pavilion is an architectural chameleon,” says Marc Kushner, co-founder of HWKN. “When it is empty, it is a muscular icon for the energy and vitality of the Pines – it visually welcomes every ferry that arrives to the island. As it fills with an afternoon crowd, the architecture fades in importance. The building becomes an armature to display the social spectacle of a weekend in the Pines.”

The Pavilion’s reopening is perfectly timed with the 60th anniversary of the Pines, as the club has a long-standing heritage in the community. Originally built in 1985, it instantly changed the social landscape, imbuing it with the type of heartbeat only a nightclub can provide. The legacy of the Pines has been lovingly interwoven into every part of the new Pavilion, from the architecture to the programming.

 

 

 

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July 2013

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Traditions like the July 4th Invasion continued at the new Pavilion.

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2014. Pavilion use would evolve the next season as it’s functionality was finding it’s way. The gym would eventually become the Harbor Club (where the Piano bar was moved later in the season), High Tea on the Pavilion high deck was brought back, and The Canteen would try revisiting its past renamed the Cultured Elephant as in the past. The results were less than successful…

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All would change as FIP Ventures would put the properties out for auction…