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.
Location
Brooklyn, New York
Client
St. John's Bread and Life
Typology
Preservation & Reuse, Public, Institutional
Size
22,000 SF SF
Design Team
Jonathan Marvel, 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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