markatlarge Exclusive: new renderings of the harbor area.
Finally, after six months since a fire devastated Fire Island Pines, we get a glimpse of what the new Pavilion will look like. Although we only got to see a glimpse, the glimpse was pretty good! The Pavilion’s design, done by the architectural firm HWKN, has been overwhelmingly well received based on social media. Commentors used superlatives such as “wow”, “gorgeous”, “outstanding”, “fucking awesome” in reaction to the new design.
You do have to tip your hat Matthew Blesso, the straight guy, who is now calling the shots for FIP Ventures after allegedly having a falling out with his two gay business partners. His first major decision was quite possibly miraculous. You can’t get a group of gay guys to decide the best shade of white–is it ecru or eggshell?–let alone the best design for the iconic landmark in the most infamous gay paradise.
But all this adulation comes with a lot of pressure. My friend Shenaynay tells me, “This straight bitch betta diliva or he’s gonna have a bunch of motherfuckin’ mos up in his grill.” Oh gees–that won’t be pretty.
Regardless, the new building is very eye appealing, certainly worthy of a resort that has multi-million dollar summer homes surrounding it. But the vision does not stop with the Pavilion. An anonymous source slipped markatlarge renderings of what the future of the harbor area might look like and it’s quite impressive. Everything from a restaurant hanging over the boardwalk to increased hotel space with some rooms levitating over the pool. Is it for real? Will the investors pony up the money? Who knows? But take a look at what Fire Island’s future might be:
UPDATE: I hope you saw the renderings – they must have been real. I was asked to take the pictures down by DILLER SCOFIDIO + RENFRO citing the images were copyrighted. In addition DSR wrote the images were an “Incorrect depiction of the Pines Master Plan [and] may have an adverse affect on the positive development of the project.” So there might be something else in the works., or the original plan was too expensive. Again no one is talking. If you missed the pictures look at Pinterest users who re-posted the renderings before we were asked to take them down.
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