Casey Hughes Architects
Sukkah City Competition

  • In the expanded arrangement the internal area is maximized while creating enclosure.
  • Union Square, New York City.
  • Temporary Building to Celebrate the Jewish Festival of Sukkot

    This design proposes to mediate personal worship and celebration of the Sukkot with the community at large. Like a traditional Sukkah, this proposal uses humble materials and expedient construction techniques in keeping with the temporary and cyclical nature of this celebration. As with tradition, the structure merges with its environment, adapting to its context to provide enclosed intimate space as well as incorporating its surroundings.
    Three piano hinges connect the 4 components of the Sukkah and allow the 10’ by 16’ footprint to expand and fulfill a more public role. This possibility of being reconfigured heightens the understanding of the traditional Sukkah’s temporality, in that throughout the Sukkot, the space can adapt to the needs of its inhabitants and the larger community. This proposal fully embraces the traditions of the Sukkot while engaging the city with Jewish culture, celebration and design.
  • View showing shadows cast from translucent wooden roof system.
  • The sukkah provides enclosure while remaining open to the community.
  • Plan diagrams showing possible configurations.
  • When in the fully closed position the sukkah is similar in scale to a conventional sukkah.
  • View of fully enclosed arrangement. Two panel doors allow access to the space.
  • When in the semi-enclosed position the sukkah can accommodate more people.
  • View of semi-enclosed arrangement. The possibility of being reconfigured heightens the understanding of the sukkah’s temporality.
  • The sukkah can open to its surroundings for larger events.
  • When fully open the sukkah can function like an amphitheater.