At Peddlerâ€™s Creamery in downtown LA, the employees ride a stationary bicycle as part of their job description. Why? Because the bike is connected to the ice cream churner, and if the employees donâ€™t pedal, the ice cream doesn’t get made.
Founded by Edward Belden, an eco-conscious bike enthusiast with a passion for small-batch organic ice cream, Peddlerâ€™s Creamery started as a one-man, five-gallons-at-a-time operation. When business picked up, Belden was ready for his own ice cream parlor. Enter LA architect Oonagh Ryan (a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory), who immediately understood the most compelling aspect of the business: â€œBy placing a stationary bike that’s connected to the ice cream churner in the public portion of the shop, employees and customers produce ice cream by pedalingâ€”reducing the shop’s carbon footprint, getting some exercise, and understanding the process all at the same time.”
Photographs by Eric Staudenmaier, unless otherwise noted.
Above: At Peddler’s Creamery, the stationary bicycle powers the ice cream maker, which is enclosed in the multicolored shingled box, aka the dairy. As employees and customers pedal away, ice cream is churnedâ€”and the ceiling sculpture made of bicycle parts is activated.
Above: “Set front and center in the dairy is a little shadow-box window that enables customers to see the ice cream churn in action,” Ryan says. The dairy is clad in brightly painted shingles made from deconstructed wood pallets.
Above: A detail of the kinetic sculpture made of old bicycle parts.
Above: A look at the rainbow of shingles and the shadow-box window. Photograph by Oonagh Ryan Architects.
Above: Inside the dairy, the ice cream is churned in a classic, rock-salt-filled, wooden ice cream maker. Photograph via Cool Hunting.
Above: “We studied several forms for the dairy. In the end, the simple colored box set on a white-tiled bar won,” Ryan says. “The window gives it a little beauty mark.”
Above: The shingles are coated in VOC-free paint, using colors that create a visual connection to the ice cream on display. (To get a handle on eco-friendly paint, read Remodeling 101: All You Need to Know About Low-VOC Paint.) Photograph via Cool Hunting.
Above: Peddler’s Creamery is at 458 S. Main St., in downtown LA (see map below).
Above: The layout of Peddler’s Creamery by Oonagh Ryan Architects.
Above: An axonometric diagram details the relationship of the bicycle, sculpture, and dairy. Drawing by Oonagh Ryan Architects.
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Peddler’s Creamery is in newly happening downtown Los Angeles.