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Ciszek Hall is a residence hall for students enrolled in the Jesuit First Studies program in the Bronx, NY. The project is made up of two tenement buildings that were built in 1907 and combined in the early 1990s. The renovation increased capacity for the Jesuit program as it grows, while enhancing connections between the two buildings for greater communal living.

Previously separated by a largely underused inner court, public space on the ground floor is unified by a new deck that provides an “outdoor room.”

With the renovation, the number of bedrooms increased from 24 to 30, requiring compact layouts. All storage and programming were consolidated along one wall in each room to provide greater consistency.

To support the communal aspects of Ciszek Hall, corridors widen at various locations to encourage residents to bump into one another and connect.

At these widened corridors, new windows puncture the existing brick facades to provide more natural light and greater visibility across the two buildings.

Shared spaces throughout the former tenement buildings were carved out of constrained existing conditions.

Client: USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus, DBI Projects
Location: Bronx, NY
Status: Completed
Dates: 2019 – 2021
Sq Footage: 26,400sf
Program: Renovation of 4-story residence hall for Jesuit First Studies Program

Design Team: Eric Bunge, Mimi Hoang | Jason Kim | Paul Mok, Laura Buck, Talene Montgomery, Emilie O’Neill

Collaborators: Contractor: DHI Construction Services Inc. | Project Management: DBI | Structural Engineer: Silman | MEP Engineer: OLA Consulting Engineers | Lighting Designer: Lumen Architecture, PLLC | Expediter: JM Zoning

Photography: Naho Kubota