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.
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 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.