It's the fifteenth of Tishrei, so you know what that means--time for Sukkot, one of the more architecturally-themed Jewish holidays. During the week-long harvest festival, eating and sleeping are supposed to be done in a sukkah, a temporary shelter with a few design requirements: it has to have at least three walls, and the sky has to be visible through the roof, which has to be made of a plant that's no longer attached to the ground. This year the Skirball Cultural Center worked with local team wHY Architecture to create this sukkah, which is meant to recall the past and stick around for the future.
The sides are woven from old Skirball exhibition banners, and visitors and employees have been invited to hang pictures inside of people they want to remember. The skeleton is reusable and the museum considers the sukkah a work in progress that'll change every year. Next year they're considering making at least one side into a living green wall. wHY's sukkah is up through the end of next week in the Skirball's arroyo garden.
For a whole bunch of sukkah madness, check out Curbed NY's coverage of the Union Square Sukkah City, whose entrants were judged by Thom Mayne and Paul Goldberger, among others.
· wHY Architecture [Official Site]
· Skirball Cultural Center [Official Site]