AIA Finalist: Wedington Cigar Shop

PROJECT: Wedington Cigar Shop
FIRM: Marlon Blackwell Architect
CONTRACTOR: Neal Hefner Construction
LOCATION: Fayetteville

The Wedington Cigar Shop is an interior manipulation of an existing strip mall condition.

The shop elevates the experience of patrons by immersing them in the rich aroma and tradition of cigars. Rather than being relegated to a small, secondary humidor, the entire space functions as a lounge with cigars on open display. Spanish Cedar, the traditional material of cigar boxes, forms a sensuous wrapper lining the floor, rear wall and ceiling giving the sense of being inside an exquisite cigar box.

Strict temperature and humidity control preserve the delicate nature of the cigars, while providing a rich tactile experience for the visitor.

Although housed in a ubiquitous suburban building, the Wedington Cigar Shop provides a detailed respite for the cigar aficionado.

Owner/Client: Bob Srygley
Project Team: Marlon Blackwell, FAIA; Meryati Blackwell; Gail Shepherd, AIA; Mark Rukamathu; Chris Baribeau, AIA; Jon Boelkins, Assoc. AIA
Consultants: GA Engineers, Inc.
Photographer: Ron Hudnall