David Baker Architects

Jeni's Ice Cream Pavilion


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View from across the parking lot near the Bettola trellis. Image: Chris Luker



Jeni's Pavilion turns 6 parking spaces into an intimate community hub and an updated space for a local ice cream shop.

The 640-square foot jewel box is the first new building the Pepper Place District of Birmingham, Alabama. It's small footprint doesn't keep it from being a mighty act of urbanism, activating the corner of 29th Street S and 3rd Avenue.

Elevation along 29th Street S. Image: Chris Luker

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Looking north out of the pavilion. Image: Chris Luker



The same height as the building across the street, the structure makes a sort of gateway to Pepper Place. The pavilion houses the ice cream shop, with an open-air patio adjacent, shaded by a corten steel roof. The building shields the patio from the busy road. Farmer’s market customers can sit on the patio’s bleacher-style seating and listen to live music.

The custom fire clay tile varies the visual texture of the small urban intervention. Image: Chris Luker

Detail of aluminum shade on west facade. Image: Chris Luker

The design is marked by powerful details like a variation hand-drawn fire clay tiles, folded aluminum sunshades, and custom wood seating fabricated by Alabama Sawyer. A new illuminated Pepper Place sign holds the street edge and welcomes the community to a local business.

View of aluminum shade on west facade. Image: Chris Luker

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The Pepper Place sign. Image: Chris Luker

View from across the intersection of 29th Street S and 3rd Avenue. Image: Chris Luker

View from across the parking lot near the Bettola trellis. Image: Chris Luker

Elevation along 29th Street S. Image: Chris Luker

The Pepper Place sign. Image: Chris Luker

View from northwest corner. Image: Chris Luker

View from northeast corner. Image: Chris Luker

View of the seating area from the north. Image: Chris Luker

Looking north out of the pavilion. Image: Chris Luker

View of aluminum shade on west facade. Image: Chris Luker

View of aluminum shade on west facade. Image: Chris Luker

Detail of aluminum shade on west facade. Image: Chris Luker

The custom fire clay tile varies the visual texture of the small urban intervention. Image: Chris Luker

The custom fire clay tile varies the visual texture of the small urban intervention. Image: Chris Luker

The Pepper Place sign. Image: Chris Luker

awards

Honor Award
AIA Birmingham

publications

Small but Mighty Acts of Urbanism at Birmingham's Pepper Place

project details

Category

All Projects, Restaurants

​Location

Birmingham, Alabama

Client

Sloss Real Estate

Architect

David Baker Architects

Structural Engineer

LBYD Engineers

Electrical Engineer

Fisher & Arnold

Mechanical/Plumbing Engineer

Engineering Design Technologies

Civil Engineer

MTM

Fabrication Partner

Alabama Sawyer

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www.dbarchitect.com/JenisPavilion

project data
29th Street S and 3rd Avenue 21827
Birmingham, Alabama
Completed June 2020
density ratios
project sf 643
site sf 2,375
construction type
1 story VB