Thanks for checking out our project. With a little help we'll get this built!!
Casey Hughes Architects was one of ten firms to win the Sukkah City STL competition and our pavilion was selected to be built on the Washington University campus this month!
The Sukkah Project is a temporary pavilion that can be reconfigured to produce a wide range of social conditions; from intimate candle-lit dinners when the pavilion is enclosed, to a amphitheater-like performance space. This allows the sukkah to adapt to the needs of the various communities that it serves throughout the Sukkot.
Designing the sukkah was the
first step, but now we have the challenge of going
from plans and drawings to the actual built space! This is no small feat
considering the pavilion is scheduled to open on October 18th!
Washington University is providing a small honorarium and a team
of architecture student volunteers to help with the fabrication and we’re
responsible for coming up with the $4300.00 needed to complete the project.
support will go to purchasing the pavilion's materials.
Regardless of whether you can make a donation, if you find
yourself in St. Louis, you’re invited to join us at the sukkah’s opening on
October 18, 2011!
About our Design:
This Sukkah Project transcends the role of a conventional sukkah by
opening up to invite the larger Washington University community to join in
dialogue and celebration.
It is intended to create a social space that can adapt to the
needs of the various communities that it serves. When fully enclosed, it is the
scale of a conventional sukkah, but it can also open to accommodate larger gatherings and performances.
In keeping with the temporary and cyclical nature of this
celebration, this proposal uses humble materials and construction techniques.
The pavilion is constructed primarily of BCX Plywood chosen for its relatively low-cost and
ease of construction. This sukkah
is designed, as a kit of flat-cut parts, which can be prefabricated and then
quickly assembled on site. The pavilion can be easily disassembled, stored flat, shipped and reinstalled
in other locations.
This possibility of being reconfigured
heightens the understanding of the sukkah’s temporality, in that it isn’t a
single space, but rather a transformative social infrastructure.
More about the Competition:
Sukkah City STL design competition calls for the re-imagination
of the traditional sukkah in a
pavilion to be installed on the Washington University campus in St. Louis.
The competition was organized by Sam Fox
School of Design & Visual Arts, Hillel at Washington University, and The
Museum of ImaJewnation.
More about the sukkah:
“The sukkah is an ephemeral, elemental shelter, erected for each
fall, in which it is customary to share meals, entertain, sleep, and rejoice.”
“Ostensibly the sukkah's religious function is to commemorate
the temporary structures that the Israelites dwelled in during their exodus
from Egypt, but it is also about universal ideas of transience and permanence
as expressed in architecture. The sukkah is a means of ceremonially practicing
homelessness, while at the same time remaining deeply rooted. It calls on us to
acknowledge the changing of the seasons, to reconnect with an agricultural
past, and to take a moment to dwell on--and dwell in--impermanence.
Historically, the sukkah's permanent recurrence is not as a
monument, archetype, or typology, but as a set of precise parameters. The basic
constraints seem simple: the structure must be temporary, have at least two and
a half walls, be big enough to contain a table, and have a roof made of
shade-providing organic materials through which one can see the stars.”
“The paradoxical effect of these constraints is to produce a
building that is at once new and old, timely and timeless, mobile and stable,
open and enclosed, homey and uncanny, comfortable and critical.”