Jeni’s Ice Cream Pavilion

Birmingham AL | Completed 

2020

Jeni’s Ice cream in Birmingham, Alabama. #

View from across the parking lot near the Bettola trellis.

Image Credit
Chris Luker
This compact pavilion carves out six spaces from a parking lot to create an intimate community hub and distinctive ice cream shop.

This 640-sf jewel-box is the first new building in Pepper Place, Birmingham’s bustling retail and entertainment district. A small-but-mighty act of urbanism, this dynamic building activates the corner of 29th Street S and 3rd Avenue with sheltered seating, increased walkability, and an upgraded connection to a blossoming design area.

The pavilion—housing the popular ice cream shop’s first Alabama location—is served by an open-air patio shaded with a graphic weathering-steel roof. The building shields this public space from the adjacent busy road; traffic noise is further calmed by the addition of parallel parking. The pavilion draws foot traffic, and customers of the Pepper Place farmers’ market can gather on the bleacher-style seating to listen to live music, and in general the welcoming outdoor space has proved to be a popular, safe hangout spot throughout the pandemic.


Recognition


Awards
Honor Award
AIA Alabama
Honor Award
AIA Birmingham

Team


Client
Sloss Real Estate
Architect
David Baker Architects
Electrical Engineer
Fisher & Arnold
Structural Engineer
LBYD Engineers
Mechanical/Plumbing Engineer
Engineering Design Technologies
Civil Engineer
MTM
Fabrication Partner
Alabama Sawyer

Project Details


Project Number
21827

Address

219 29th Street South
Birmingham, AL
United States



Status
Completed
2020

Density Ratios
Project
643 sf
Site
2,375 sf

Construction
Type VB
1 Story

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