Registration is now open for the fourth annual Sukkahville Design Competition. The open competition challenges entrants to re-imagine the traditional Sukkah. All finalists will be invited to construct their designs on the Nathan Philips Square in front of Toronto’s City Hall for the week-long holiday of Sukkot.
Find out how to enter and continue after the break to view the winners of 2013...
“A Sukkah is a temporary structure constructed for use annually during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot. It is described in Leviticus as a symbolic wilderness shelter, symbolizing the frailty and transience of life. While building a Sukkah is a particular Jewish ritual observance, it represents many conceptual themes surrounding the essential nature of dwelling, which are universal in nature. Proposing an innovative Sukkah design which delicately balances the inherent dichotomies of new/old, open/closed, temporary/permanent is the challenge inherent in this competition.”
First Prize: God’s Eye
Project Team: Christina Galanou, Chrystalla Koufopavlou, Michail Georgiou, Theresa Kwok, Odysseas Georgiou (Cyprus)
The God’s Eye Sukkah is expanding on the requirement for a sky opening. The proposal spirals and revolves around a central enclosure (focal point) which corresponds to a large roof opening, emphasizing the spiritual significance of the structure. The twisting formation of the sukkah creates two entrances/exits enabling the visitor to progressively experience a protected space which celebrates the connection between the earth and the skies. The choice for a woven cladding highlights the idea of shelter, family and bonding.
Second Prize: Re-Usekah
Project Team: Shannon Buchanan, Maya Coggeshall, Julie Musial, Janice Shimizu, Jennifer Smith, Andrea Swartz, Morganne Walker (Indiana)
People’s Choice: Spiral Sukkah
Project Team: Jason van der Burg, Dave Freedman, Duncan Sabiston, David Whyte, Jesse Hao (Toronto)
Finalist: Ombres Lumineuses
Project Team: Katrina Novak, Duc Tran, Pablo Menghini (Toronto)
Finalist: Tsel Sukkah
Project Team: Andre Villejoin, Megan Rothermel Villejoin (Louisiana)
Finalist: Nested Sukkah
Project Team: Ryan Palider, Brian Schmitt (Chicago)
Find out how you can participate in the 2014 Sukkahville Design Competition here. Registration closes May 23, 2014.