The Sukkah City Competition in 2010 was an international open design competition calling for design proposals for a temporary Jewish Sukkah to be designed and constructed for a budget of $10,000.
For our submission, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple looked to the origin of the Sukkah and the design inherits its physical characteristics from the place in which it was conceived. Its existence is temporal and impermanent, qualities that evoke the perpetual nature of sand dunes, the phenomenon of visual displacement, and the nomadic tendencies of the early Jewish people.
Elemental in its form and assembly, yet high performance and dynamic in its materiality, our design proposal for Sukkah City envisioned an interpretation of a historical sukkah structure that functions as mediator between the body and nature while providing a multi-experience space where visitors can choose their experience to be one of seated reflection or standing worship.
Location: Union Square Park, New York, USA
Project year: 2010