City Limits recently published an article about the groundbreaking ceremony for one of our projects, Bedford Green House, also known as 2865 Creston Avenue in the Bronx. City Limits lauded the aquaponics horticultural systems that will set the building apart by providing fresh, organic vegetables and fish to the building’s residents. The piece includes a few words from ESKW/A partner Andrew Knox:
We are very happy to announce that 4380 Bronx Boulevard has received a Housing Design Award from the Boston Society of Architects. This marks the 4th prize we’ve had the honor of receiving from the BSA, following the John C. Clancy Award for Socially Responsible Housing for Intervale Green and Louis Nine House, a Housing Design Award for True Colors Residence in 2012, and an Educational Facility Design Citation for New Settlement Community Campus in 2013.
ESKW/A is especially proud of this shelter, the design of which was headed up by Philip Jenkin, Kelly Kurlbaum, and Tatjana Sofkoska, with partner Andrew Knox. The team was able to find creative ways to flood the renovated manufacturing facility with natural light, creating a bright and airy environment.
From the jury: “Through careful material selection, the designers have created a space that is extremely hardy but avoids the drab, heavy feel of many shelters. This is a very smart, restrained project with an admirable concept.”
We are very pleased that the staff and residents at 4380 Bronx Boulevard, a men’s homeless shelter in the Bronx, are enjoying their building. Project Renewal’s recent blog post gives a tour of their new facility and a sense of the variety of spaces that serve the different needs of the residents: the dorm rooms, the showers, the lobby, and support spaces. (And scroll to the comments!) This former manufacturing building has been transformed with dramatic skylight openings – required to provide legal light and air but are sculpted in a modern way – that give the dorms a bright, airy feel. We feel that the simple, thoughtful details along with careful floor and finish selection sets the stage for what a shelter can be.
Looking back on June, we celebrated two staff anniversaries of two great architects in our office. The next year will surely be great as well!
Jun Kumazawa – Eight years have gone by very fast for Jun Kumazawa at ESKW/A, maybe because he has such a wide variety of projects under his belt. His work has varied in size and type; everything from Landmarked building preservations and renovations, a market-rate condo high rise building (Bergen Street), the design for a competition-winning housing RFP, as well as working on the new Ocean Wonders: Sharks! Exhibit at the NY Aquarium. Currently he’s the Project Architect for the new True Colors Bronx project and managing renovations at several properties for Project Renewal. All the while he managed to find time marry an artist, renovate his apartment, and train for and complete an Ironman race last year. Jun recently passed his Architect’s Registration Exam and is now a licensed architect. Congratulations, Jun!
Philip Jenkin – This month we celebrate Philip Jenkin’s 2nd anniversary at ESKW/A. Since his first summer internship with us while still at Pratt Institute, Philip has proven himself a highly skilled project manager and architect, adept at resolving complex construction issues. This past year he has managed construction on Bronx Blvd for Project Renewal where his design for the sculptural dormers is coming to life in a dynamic and exciting way; he developed construction documents on five moderate rehabilitation buildings for MAHNY in Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights; he has worked with Andrew on various zoning and feasibility studies for Cherry Street, and with Kimberly on the loft renovation at 37 Walker just to name a few of his accomplishments. We are excited to see what the next year brings for Philip!