international architectural competition sukkah city | new york _USA
award winning project
NEW YORK MAGAZINE
NEW YORK TIMES
WALL STREET JOURNAL
THE JERUSALEM POST
NEW YORK TIMES _region
repetition meets difference | stability meets volatility
our design reflects the original meaning of the word sukkah and the associated verb skk, which, depending on its relative context, means BRAIDED or ACANTHACEOUS, PRICKLY, SPINOUS BRUSH. the word sukkah then means not only a small hut, constructed by human beings, but even a natural thicket, a coppice.
our sukkah adverts to the famous KNOT-studies of konrad wachsmann, a german jewish architect and engineer. he was born in germany and had to immigrate to the USA during the second world war, living there since 1941. he designed the wooden 'packaged house system' together with walter gropius.
wachsmann made multiple research investigations towards iINTELLIGENT and UNIVERSAL KNOTS at the universities of chicago, illinois and los angeles.
our design attempts to get an expressive shape out of only three wooden wachsmann-KNOTS. the countries of origin for the types of wood we have chosen, is israel on the one hand (olive) and the USA on the other (walnut and maple).
the three kinds of simple wooden KNOTS generate an astonishing FREEFORMED MESHWORK, which stabilizes itself by physical COMPLEXITY and INTERWEAVEMENT.
the emanation of our sukkah is at the same time FIRM and EPHEMERAL. so is the jewish ritual of the sukkot.
award winning project _realized in new york city _union square park _september 2010
blog article in the NEW YORK MAGAZINE from clinton bailey, author of bedouin poetry from sinai and the negev:
'repetition meets difference by matthias karch captures the spirit and image of the original bedouin sukka, which they build in the desert. the structure of the plants and trees that are always there to provide thatch captures the repetition, while the diversified way the thatch is integrated idiosyncratically into the structure represents the difference with which every additional year's sukka is built. it is a very original improvisation of the basic theme.'
designed by _matthias karch | assisted by _andre gerken | coworkers _daniel bailey, w. thomas porter, adam clemens, scott wojcio, hillel eflal, all from HardDecor in brooklyn and german hurtado from CAVART in brooklyn.