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Int the Field in Brooklyn, NY by BanG studio
November 8th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: BanG studio
For the festival of Sukkot (Wednesday, October 12 – Wednesday, October 19) Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn has commissioned a community sukkah to be designed by Babak Bryan, AIA & Henry Grosman, Principals of B-an-G Studio and winners of 2010’s Sukkah City competition. The duo’s design Fractured Bubble, was selected as the People’s Choice Sukkah of New York City at the 2010 competition hosted by ReBoot in Union Square, NYC.
Senior Rabbi Andy Bachman and his Congregation Beth Elohim (CBE) in Brooklyn are hosting a Sukkot Festival on Sunday, October 16 and wanted a very special community sukkah that combined the rich traditions of the holiday with a modern, urban spin appropriate for their Brooklyn community. Bryan and Grosman’s design for the sukkah does just that combining both designers modern aesthetic with the traditional rules of design.
A true community sukkah, they created a design concept that the community will help build and decorate along with them. They designed the pieces, which were all hand cut, and developed some guidelines for placement but allowed for the congregation to actually assemble the sukkah, leaving elements of the styling to the community.
The design for this new sukkah, titled, In the Field reflects both the symbolic nature of the design as a pastoral escape to a transitional and temporary space in line with the holiday’s spirit and the in situ design principal where all aspects of the specific development of the form were resolved in the actual assembly.
One of the most special elements was that which the Congregation’s children contribute. Bryan and Grosman have laser-cut 1500 cardboard leaves in 3 varieties — maple, oak and aspen and 3 sizes. The youngest members of the congregation celebrated the holiday by painting the leaves red, orange and yellow and hanging them on the inside as decoration.
The sukkah was erected on the sidewalk adjacent to community center, which is part of the synagogue, making a piece of modern urban design out of this traditional structure. It was assembled on site in Brooklyn on Tuesday, October 11 and Wednesday October 12th for the holiday which began at sundown on Wednesday, October 12.
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