Sukkot is the Jewish holiday that recalls not only the ancient harvest of our ancestors but also the journey in the desert from Egypt when Jews would live in temporary dwellings (sukkahs). We leave the comfort of our homes for all of our meals to remind ourselves of the importance of humility and simplicity. We welcome guests into the sukkah to share food and drink and celebrate together. With this principle, we designed a sukkah that is a simple to construct, simple to assemble, simple to disassemble, and simple to carry while ensuring that the structure focuses on nature.
The sukkah is constructed from all natural materials and is fabricated from six 4×10 pieces of plywood, bamboo and 2x4s. The walls are made of plywood pieces (2×10) installed vertically with openings in between, as the sukkah is meant to be welcoming and connected to nature. However, we managed the interior privacy by covering the openings with a higher density of bamboo sticks at the lower part of the wall, becoming more open as you move higher along the wall. The structure has a bigger opening in one corner as a welcoming entrance. At the top of the sukkah, there are six wooden rods. These in turn support the s’chach, made from natural grown materials, which forms the roof of the sukkah.
Copyright Shinberg.Levinas, 2021
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