Succa Contest 311.
NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced in a ceremony on
Monday that “Fractured Bubble” by Henry Grosman and Babak Bryan and “Shim
Sukkah” by Tinder, Tinker had won New York’s first international succa design
competition, winning the People’s Choice and jury prizes,
The competition’s 13-member jury, whose ranks included
architectural luminaries, artists and critics, had selected 12 finalists from
over 600 entries to the competition.
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Entries were submitted from over 40
countries, including Egypt and Lebanon. Most entries were from
Pictures of the finalists’ submissions were voted on over the
Internet for the People’s Choice award.
The 12 finalists were on display
in Union Square near Greenwich Village on Sunday and Monday. “Fractured
will remain in place until October 2 in Union Square, while “Shim
be displayed in the AIA Center for Architecture.
All succot from the
competition will be auctioned off at http://shophousingworks.com
proceeds to fund local homelessness initiatives.
Entrants were required
to conform to biblical restrictions on the construction of succot. Each
was required to be temporary, have at least two-and-a-half walls, be
enough to hold a table and have a roof made of “shade-providing organic
materials through which one can see the stars,” or s’chach.
noted, however, that “a deep dialogue of historical texts intricately
and interprets these constraints.”
Further rules were enumerated on the
website, including prescriptions as to handbreadths and NYC construction
requirements (any structure larger than 19 feet by 8 feet is deemed
non-temporary under municipal ordinance).
Tinder, Tinker consists of
three architects, David Getty, Matthew Jacobs and Stephanie Gunawan, all
educated at the Rhode Island School of Design. Their entry, “Shim
wood shims, a tool of the construction trade, as its building blocks,
them in vertical and horizontal formations. The booth, viewed from
angles, manages to possess a simultaneous solidity and ephemerality.
succa enclosure vanishes with the material characteristics to reveal the
inhabitant/s inside and the environment in which the succa resides,
park, the city, under the night sky,” the architects’ description
“Fractured Bubble,” by Grosman and Bryan, from afar looks like
tumbleweed in the shape of a flame. In fact, it is composed of twine,
and marsh grass in the form of a sphere cleaved into three separate
The roundness of the inside evokes an etrog shielded in hair to protect
The bubble of the inside is fractured at three places which
serve as the entry points.
The s’chach of this succa is composed of
phragmites, an invasive species in wetlands, which attach loosely to the
and create a crosshatched effect, with its density calibrated so as to
stars at night to be visible.
“The succa is a bubble: ephemeral and
transient,” the architects’ description reads. “It separates inside from
with a thin, permeable membrane. Outside is the world of everyday
Inside one gathers with loved ones. Together you look out to the
world to find it fresh again, transformed.”
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