Fire Island Pines Pavilion, Designed by HWKN

September 11, 2013
Architect Magazine — By Philip Nobel

After a fire destroyed the nightclub in 2011, New York-based HWKN was tasked with creating a new social hub

The community took the result of the fire as an opportunity to rethink the commercial strip, engaging Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design a master plan. The new Pavilion, which opened in time for this summer season, is a lynchpin, and looking at the structure that HWKN raised at the end of the harbor, there is no doubt that it is pure Pines: elegant, bold, and a little rough around the edges.

 

The takeaway from the community’s commentary, heard directly at several public meetings, Hollwich says, was that the previous building—a typical clapboard seaside shack—was “too neutral, too generic.” The residents wanted the new building to be “supercharged,” he says. Music to the ears, no doubt, of an architect at an emergent New York firm (designers of the epically successful spiky blue folly named “Wendy,” the 2012 installment of the MoMA/P.S.1’s Young Architects Program) who spent four years working in Rotterdam at OMA.