Pillar of Cloud, Pillar of Fire
Andrew Sternad, John Kleinschmidt
Pillar of Cloud, Pillar of Fire
TENSEGRITY structures, a term coined by Buckminster Fuller, are composed of elements in pure compression or pure tension only. There are no bending moments. The structural system is INHERENTLY ECONOMICAL and achieves a height of 20 cubits with the absolute minimum of material. Additionally, the entire structure can be constructed horizontally on the ground and rotated up into position. It can also collapse into a single bundle with the removal of certain key components. The structure can be thought of as a stack of self-supporting MODULES, each made up of three rigid poles and a series of cables. The module resting on the ground uses perforated tubular steel poles (which contain LED strip lights and mounted spotlights) and steel cable. The modules above together represent the roof and use only ORGANIC materials: bamboo poles and hemp rope. Sheen nylon fabric stretches taut between selected facets of the structure. By day, the sukkah is a PILLAR OF CLOUD; by night, glowing from within, the sukkah is a PILLAR OF FIRE. Naturally drawing the eye skyward, the seemingly haphazard bamboo structural members appear to levitate over the sukkah. From within, these members coalesce into a STAR OF DAVID as viewers look up to contemplate the sky.

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