SUKKAH, with John Morrison

Location: New York, New York
Type: Competition
Structure: Bent plywood, natural rubber.
Year: 2010

Implicit within the rules and constraints of sukkah construction is a particular kind of enclosure. Most of these constraints apply explicitly to either wall or roof—never wall and roof— suggesting a division in architectural character reminiscent of a primitive hut where wall and roof, structure and enclosure are clearly and legibly divided.

What happens when notions of roof/wall, enclosure/aperture, and structure/surface are considered not as separate entities but as a singular condition that can negotiate all of the parameters of sukkah construction?

The proposal is a lattice shell where roof and wall, enclosure and aperture, structure and surface, are simultaneously singular and multiple. The lattice shell develops visually as a series of lines. Every line, both inside and out leads the eye from the ground up and out toward the three directed oculus. These lattice strips gradually become denser toward each oculus thus line becomes surface, surface becomes frame, frame becomes oculus, enclosure becomes open.

 

 
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