Two years after a devastating fire shut it down in 2011, one of New York’s most popular gay clubs has come back to life. Perched at the harbour’s edge, the new two-storey structure is primed to reclaim its landmark status as the main hangout for island revelers. Behind its striking asymmetrical frame of criss-crossing timber beams, the pavilion features various spaces – for dancing and for meeting friends for a drink.
Architects Matthias Hollwich and Marc Kushner crafted the bars on both floors with zigzagging counters, their jutting angles meant to spur spontaneous socializing. They also lined one wall on the second level’s iconic dance club with stadium-type bleachers. The club gives on to an outdoor terrace – the High Tea space – for laid-back lounging.
Throughout the summers, dancers can look up to beautiful views of the starry night via a retractable roof that also provides passive cooling on the sometimes-sweltering summer nights. What’s more, nearly half of the pavilion is now open to the outdoors, further limiting the need for air-conditioning inside.
The Fire Island Pines Pavilion is expected to officially open at the beginning of July.