reinvents the typical s'chach roof found on the Jewish sukkah via a scale shift.
Abrahams May Architects was selected as one of the twelve finalists whose entry was built in Union Square, NYC on Sept 19, 2010. Their entry, entitled LOG, seeks to address the scale of the typical s'chach roof found on sukkot. Typically this s'chach roof is an assemblage of branches, small sticks, and plant material. LOG exaggerates the scale of these members into one piece that is able to provide shade for the inhabitants. As a means of showcasing this element, the walls become four pieces of 1" thick glass with no other columns or supports, so the LOG foundation floats above. Two programmatic devices, a table and a candle, are hung elegantly from above. Above all, the project shows a simplicity of concept, impeccable craft, and the restraint against excessive assemblages.
Sukkah - temporary religious structure
Finalist, built, demolished
Union Square, New York City, New York
Abrahams May Architects - Kyle May and Scott Abrahams
Michael Ludvik Engineering (structural engineer)
John Houshmand (wood)
Oldcastle Building Envelope (glass)
FACE Design + Fabrication (steel)
David Schuldiner Inc. (glazing installation)