The Blooming Sukkah - Seeds in the City
Hao Ruan / Xing Xiong
The Blooming Sukkah - Seeds in the City
The Blooming Sukkah transforms its traditional constraints of parameters into the constraints of geometry, in which the overall form of the Sukkah is simply defined by six edges and linking hyperbolic parabolas. Yet this simplicity in whole creates spatial complexity through the attenuated twisting spaces and visual complexity through the illusion of the superimposition linear belts. The changeable performative form of the hypar surfaces which behaves as incomplete and complete walls, the entrance with over-twisted surface and the roof, in turn respond to the parametric requirements.

The construction idea behind the simplicity of geometry is to construct a complicated shape with extreme simple elements in a considerably short time span. The sticks serve as the armature and the belt would be weaved to form the envelope, the transparency of which is adjusted by the density of the linking belts. The specifically designed assembly features enables the Sukkah to be unfolded like a blooming flower into an approximately 5*2.5*2.5m installation within one hour time and to be indexically folded back into a box of 1.1*0.8*0.45m parts which fits the maximum size of various types of transportation. The portable feature gives the Blooming Sukkah a sense of placelessness, as opposed to the sense of place in traditional Sukkah. The deliverable "Blooming Sukkah" spreads its seeds over the cities, exceeding the ritual activities and opens itself to the public at large.

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