Blake Thames, Dallas, Tx
The filtered light of a thousand cotton streamers gently swaying in the breeze. A subtly changing permeable mass, calling attention to the seen and unseen forces of the natural world. This sukkah is simple yet engaging. Its soft enclosure invites playful interaction and offers a place of respite. Foregoing formal gymnastics to focus on affect, creating a dynamic and tactile experience for occupants. And this sukkah is delicate, encouraging occupants to contemplate the frail and transient nature of their existence.
The sukkah’s basic gabled form is a universal symbol of shelter, and an allusion to Laugier’s concept of the primitive hut. In keeping with Laugier’s concept, the sukkah has been reduced to the essential elements of structure and enclosure.
The structure is a simple frame of interlocking timber sticks, bolted together for easy assembly (and disassembly). It is reminiscent of the most ubiquitous of temporary constructions, the humble scaffold.
A base of heavy concrete pavers provides stability and keeps the sukkah grounded. The enclosure is a porous membrane of over a thousand cotton streamers, dense enough to provide privacy and shade, but open enough to view the sky. This interpretation of the traditional s’chach forms both roof and walls to create an inhabitable mass. There is no door; inhabitants must swim through a thick veil of streamers to occupy the sukkah’s internal void, a vertically proportioned space that directs one’s gaze to heaven.