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SPIRAL ROPE

Sukkah in Mel Lastman Square

 

PROGRAM: Temporary installation

LOCATION: Toronto - CANADA

AREA: 10 sqm

CLIENT: Kehilla Residential Programme

STATUT: Competition entry

A closed space with an open shape The goal of our design is to create a mystic structure insisting on the dichotomies of open/closed secular/spiritual and underlining the religious character of the sukkah The response is a free and irregular spiral, a twisting shape. Infinite the spiral that continuous shape puts in relation the exterior «profane» space and the interior «sacred» space Anteriority entangles with posteriority A metaphor of present life and the afterlife Discontinuity through continuity Traditionally in the Jewish religion a sukkah is made to accommodate several activities The spiral creates different intimacies that can hold several activities like eating reading or praying The sukkah is not apprehended as a single space only able to accommodate one activity Spaces are organized by function from the most public to the most intimate

It is like a continuous flow leading from the outside of the sukkah to the central point of the spiral which is also the most isolated space and so more appropriate to meditation and prayer Penetrating the sukkah becomes like borrowing an initiation path Voluntarily the walls get tighter at some places forcing people to turn for pass creating separate spaces in this continuous movement Construction approach The constructive approach tends to insist on the idea of a spiral and to be simple and easy to implement For this we chose a wooden structure consisting of assembled columns and beams upon which a natural hemp rope is woven It is gradually drawing the walls and roof without interruption and with the same rope

The weaving is done following horizontal and oblique lines These irregularities create a set of full and empty and also of light and shadow, opacity and transparency For the roof the more we penetrate the sukkah the more dense and thicker becomes the rope’s trajectory At the center of the spiral an opening is created and places the visitor in direct relation with the sky the rope woven over and over again in a repetitive motion makes the sukkah look as a  structure created from an obsessive gesture a state of trance The rope and wood are completely recyclable and can be reused after the week-long festival