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.