Client:
Project Renewal Inc.
MEP:
Joselow Consulting Engineers
Structural:
Dunne & Markis Consulting Engineers
Contractor:
Erin Construction & Development Inc.
Artist:
Linda Cunningham
Photographer:
David Sundberg / Esto, T. Ligamari
Supportive Housing
Subsidized Housing
Market-Rate Housing

The Bronx Boulevard Project is the renovation and conversion of a two-story, 20,000 SF manufacturing facility into a 108-bed homeless shelter for Project Renewal. The building was constructed in 1928 and most recently served as a factory for plastic and metal products. In addition to sleeping and bathing areas, the project includes space for medical and psychiatric treatment, social services, a dining room, recreation areas, and administrative components.

ESKW/A used the strict NYC DOB guidelines as an opportunity to supply natural light and air in an unusual way – five torqued roof structures atop each sleeping quarter provide a special interior experience. The structures break down the scale of the 20-bed dorm rooms into perceptually unique components, creating a series of moments within each dorm.

Throughout the building, ESKW/A has infused the existing, rough manufacturing aesthetic with clean lines of the new architecture. Metal and plastic deposits have been sometimes left in place to preserve the muscular design. A local artist provided a decorative entrance grille that serves as the primary entrance to the building and as the visual interface between the local community and the shelter.

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