The One4Food soup kitchen provides meals as part of a local outreach program at St Saviour’s Church in Redfern, Sydney. Originally working out of a small kitchenette in the main church, the commercial kitchen helps connect with, support and provide meals to people in need living in the local Redfern and Waterloo area. The original concept for this soup kitchen by Bijl Architecture featured a new commercial grade kitchen with integrated courtyard seating and a vegetable garden to grow produce. 

Bijl Architecture designed and detailed the kitchen as part of the first stage of the project, with a cheerful orange and yellow colour scheme for kitchen and dining hall respectively. Two serveries open out to the courtyard and hall creating strong connections with the community the mission serves. 

For the second stage of the project – an outdoor courtyard and garden design – Bijl entered and won first prize in the Urban Commons Foodscape Competition 2014, winning a Foodscape outdoor furniture and garden setting worth over $5000. This part of the design provides additional seating to the courtyard area, as well as much needed planting, vegetables and herbs to support the mission, with planting by Junglefy.

This aligns with the ambitions of One4Food, which is to connect with, support and provide meals to people in need living in the local Redfern and Waterloo community. By establishing a community garden, Foodscape supports the creation of new relationships and better living habits through gardening, growing produce and community connectivity. 

Bijl Architecture's winning entry for Urban Commons Foodscape was published in Green magazine. More information is available on the Urban Commons website. Donate to One4Life.

Photography: Tracey Hau

Last image: Back row (L-R) Vanessa Tang-Lee and Melonie Bayl Smith (Bijl Architecture) with Tamsin O'Neill (Editor, Green magazine), front row (L-R) Tracey Hau and Andrew Lee (Bijl Architecture)


2014 - Urban Commons Foodscape Design Competition Winner