Pines Pavilion

Designing for 340+ Clients

Text by Matthias Hollwich

Status  BUILT 2013

Location  FIRE ISLAND PINES, NY

Client  BLESSO PROPERTIES

Size  8,000 SF

Scope  SD-CA

Team  MATTHIAS HOLLWICH, AIA  MARC KUSHNER, AIA ROBERT MAY, EGBERT MILES CHU, TIM AARSEN, JAMIE ABREGO, ADAM HOSTETLER, GREGORY NAKATA, MARK PAZ, CLARE REIDY, BRETT WEIMANN, NICKIE HUANG, AGNIESZKA WOJCIECHOWICZ

Photographer  MICHAEL MORAN

When your client happens to be an entire community, a huge component of the design process is transparency. In the case of the Pines Pavilion, our client was a community of extremely close-knit homeowners, activists, and individuals personally invested in the project, the hub of the LGBTQ community.

We worked with 340 members of the Fire Island Pines Property Owners Association and thousands of community members to rethink the design of the then-burned-down structure. We wanted to capture the essence of the island while designing alongside the community, so we created a building that celebrates the local beach culture with an informal construction technique.

Exposed studs and cedar cladding that matches the boardwalk welcome people from all walks, while a giant, open-air terraced facade allows the building to visually disappear as it fills with revelers, showcasing not just the architecture, but the people within, as ferries approach the harbor.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Pines Pavilion was designed during Matthias Hollwich’s partnership at Hollwich Kushner Architecture DPC, where Matthias acted as principal and lead designer.