RePlant: A Sukkah of Perpetual Harvest
Kirsten Dahlquist
RePlant: A Sukkah of Perpetual Harvest
Recognizing the Sukkah is a temporary structure enjoyed in the Sukkot festival and then re-made, RePlant captures the essence of the harvest through innovative iterations of shelter design. This structure carves poetic space for celebration, relaxation, and communal meals using interchangeable plug and play stems reminiscent of a forest or a grain field. The stems, 3”x 3” vertical wood members, do not completely enclose, but promote permeability and the notion of being neither inside nor outside. Stem configuration is user controlled through a concrete foundation grid allowing new customization of design, occupant load, and function per year. Reconstruction of the shelter identifies with cyclical impermanence: the ability to retool and rework yearly like replanting and rotating crops for the next growing season. While sunlight is filtered passively through the stems, the rope roof embedded with natural foliage playfully responds to light and draws views to the stem canopy and beyond. An increased stem height resembling a sacred apex further draws inhabitant attention upward. A single rope strand comprises the roof, linking all members into a single entity. Being the ultimate symbol of Sukkot, observant Jews construct their homes to accommodate the spatial needs of the Sukkah, thus solidifying the permanency of RePlant as an effective solution. When not in use, the grid foundation has a domestic purpose as a driveway, deck, or play area. This platform for ingenious re- design provides a symbol of prosperity, but more importantly RePlant embodies the Sukkahs’ memory as Mother Nature’s original architectural pavilion.

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