Wednesday, October 12, 2011

GSD Sukkah Under Construction!!!

The winners of the GSD Sukkah design build competition has been announced! Congratulations to the winning team Tian Ren, Nick Gu, and Patchara Wongboosin.

Thanks to Harvard Hillel for generous sponsorship of the competition and construction!

The design concept for the winning submission, 'Long':

The sukkah is a reminiscence of fragile dwellings in which the Israelites dwelt during their 40 years of travel in the desert after the Exodus from slavery in Egypt. For this Sukkah project, the pavilion is designed as a long journey which recalls this history. It also tides back to this long Jewish tradition of Sukkah construction. The journey starts with entering to a narrow corridor that gradually ascends and this is where one prepares oneself to enter the main space. At the end of the corridor, the space turns and descends into the long resting space, where people rest and rejoice. This turning configuration creates the longest path within the given boundary. The walking journey itself is also a process of resting. The sukkah is constructed with standard wooden profiles of sectional framed structure. This tectonic modulation creates a long continuous wrapping screen which is the structure itself and allows for different degree of visual connection with the exterior.

The sukkah construction is well underway. Here are some photos of the progress:

Winning team leader Tian Ren discusses the design in the woodshop with a construction volunteer.

JewSD member and construction volunteer Mia Scharphie measures a piece of wood for prefabrication.

Construction begins!

The first module is complete! Six more to go...

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