Sukkah Sill Competition Proposal


Like a sukkah, a sill is less a thing in itself and more a means of support for something else- a space for something to be, a frame for time.  In this contradiction of temporary universality rooted in perennial context, the sukkah sill offers a ledge, formed by the accordioning of the enclosure, upon which the exterior environment shows its ‘harvest’ and the interior offers a mid-day stop, a simple universal place to rest and breathe in the middle of a complex city and a nighttime cocoon for an intimate conversation. Here, for just a moment, there is a protected space and encapsulated view to the sky, above the pressures of the horizon, where we can set down our things, collect ourselves and look up.

The sukkah sill is a lattice made of slats of wood, each with a thin, rectangular profile, connected along their length and at intersections. The two-way gridded roof is woven together like a basket, easily formed by wetting and bending the slats into position using a 1:1 template and pegboard system with removable dowels, similar to how ancient ship builders made wooden ship hulls. The folding structure creates a system of stretched polyamide tully fabric panels that either cover the trusses or provide reveals for views back out onto the city and for glimpses of those inside. The structure creates two and half walls, holds up the permeable roof, and provides an exterior under shelf rack system from which local products, such as potted plants, can be temporarily hung. The interior ledges are just wide enough for a drink, a small package, or a short lean. Then, soon, you move on.