Based in traditional definition and function—primitive hut, temporary shelter—the sukkah honors its roots as a simple structure by using readily available, standard building elements configured with a modern sensibility and current-day purpose. The open walls and ceiling provide a clear view inside, welcoming the visitor to enter—not only to enjoy, but to participate in its transformation. What, at first, appears as a static structure quickly reinvents itself as a fluid, interactive, collaborative experience built by its inhabitants both temporary (the stranger) and more permanent (the resident).
As each inhabitant arrives, they are invited to leave a pair of shoes for the wanderer who may soon be passing through. Each box of shoes becomes a building block which, when placed within the exterior grid of the “hut”, transforms the character of the structure, changes its texture and alters both the view in and the light within. Perpetually evolving, the sukkah becomes a place of gathering for celebration while also serving as center of community building.
Presented by A. Robert Zweig Architecture and Design in collaboration with Shawmut Construction and Ataccon Specialty Contracting. Copyright A. Robert Zweig Architecture and Design
Location: Edlavitch DC JCC (EDCJCC)
1529 16th St. NW, Washington, DC, 20036
This year, help EDJCC make Sukkot both an opportunity for gathering and celebration, and an opportunity for building community and giving back.
As part of their Sukkot celebrations, they are collecting children and adult-sized shoes to benefit the clients of Martha’s Table, a local organization dedicated to supporting children, families, and communities in Washington, DC. Adult-sized shoes appropriate for professional work settings or those good for everyday wear are particularly requested. Shoes can be dropped off in the EDCJCC’s front vestibule through Thursday, September 30. Shoes must either be new or very gently worn.