Sukkah City: NYC 2010

Year: 2010

Category: Exhibition

Place: Union Square, New York

Status: Competition

Team: Erez Amitay, Francesca Fioraso, Alberto Casarotto, Nadir Mognato

A Sukkah is a temporary architectural structure erected for one week each fall, in which it is customary to share meals, entertain, sleep, and rejoice.

According the jewish tradition the Sukkah’s function is to commemorate the temporary shelters that the Israelites dwelled in during their exodus from Egypt, but also to relate to the universal idea of ephemerality and transience of the human condition.

The system we are proposing uses a random configuration of branches to refer to the fractal aspect of nests and natural architectures. By this we are trying to draw a parallel between different concepts of journey, migration, movement, natural instinct for every living creature.

The external aspect of this Sukkah – cubic according to the rules we are proposing – is suggested by the necessity to cut out a space from the outer world. A place to rest and think, to meet and share something, clearly separated from its surroundings, being they, independently, a city, a desert or any other place. Isolating from the rest of the world, the interior of the Sukkah becomes a symbol of an internal journey, of change and reflection, a complex and fluid-looking space that relates itself with the difference of what is happening in the outer world.

The best feature of the chosen constructive system lies upon the flexibility of its uses. It is at the same time structure and pattern, and thanks to its weave it can become closer to shelter from bad weather, or more open to let one see the sky and the stars over one’s head. The complexity of this weave hides the simplicity of the choice of a single material and a single constructive method for the whole sukkah, a low-tech system that shows its preciousness trough its accuracy and its preciseness.