Hashkiveinu
Ari Pescovitz, Kyle Campbell, and Chad Gleason
Hashkiveinu
The Zohar, the foremost book of Jewish mysticism, explains that the sukkah generates such an intense concentration of spiritual energy, that the divine presence actually manifests itself in the structure. During Sukkot the souls of the great Jewish leaders, return to this world and share in the celebration. These ushpizin, or holy guests, embody different attributes of the divine spirit’s relationship with our world as portrayed in the Ten Sefirot, a kabalistic mapping of G-d.

“Hashkiveinu” creates a physical manifestation of the sages’ teachings. Each attribute of G-d’s essence is represented as a structural column. Six of the seven earthly attributes represented by the holy visitors carry the walls, while the seventh forms the table, placing an emphasis on the mitzvah of eating in the sukkah. The last of the sefirot, representative of the final act of Creation, serves as the springing point for the roof structure reminding one of the mitzvot inherent in building the sukkah.

Focus on construction and assembly serves as the central theme of the design. Components are produced through a combination of CNC machining and prefabrication. This kit of parts can then be assembled and disassembled with ease using mechanical fasteners. Through construction, the joint between wall and schach is further articulated via a change in material—from metal to wood—and as pronounced details.

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