The Eiffel Tower of the Gay Community
Fire Island Pines is the historic center of gay vacation culture in New York City and this building’s site has been at the heart of the area for over 50 years. The local “Tea” ritual is centered around this building, where hundreds of men in summer gear do an elaborate bar crawl through the building. That is why the design celebrates beach culture with an informal construction technique: exposed studs and cedar cladding that match the adjacent boardwalk. The giant, terraced open-air facade lets the building visually disappear as it fills with revelers, so that incoming ferries see people, not just architecture.