St. John's Bread and Life

St. John's Bread and Life

St. John's Bread and Life

St. John’s Bread and Life is a soup kitchen and community resource center in New York’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood that provides daily meals, literacy classes, job placement programs, legal assistance and related services to its Brooklyn and Queens clients.


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Community Resource Center
The main dining room ceiling is lit with over-scaled custom light fixtures that negotiate an irregular and distinctive column grid and are more affordable than most off-the-shelf options
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Working within a tightly constrained budget, the old mattress factory was converted into a series of unique spaces that take advantage of the existing structure’s eccentricities. An old stair shaft was transformed into a staff lounge.
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An oversized skylight and double height space bring light to the center of the ground floor.
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The sanctuary space has exposed brick walls and a wood seating area that was made from reclaimed wood joists removed when the double-height space was created.
Year
2008
Location
Brooklyn, New York
Client
St. John's Bread and Life
Typology
Mixed Use, Workspace, Adaptive Reuse
Size
22,000 SF SF
Design Team
Lissa So, Guido Hartray, Jenny Wu
Consultants
Silman, Eng Engineering, Kitchen Consultants
Awards
AIA NY State Award of Excellence
Photography Credits
©David Sundberg/ESTO
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