Time/Timeless
Peter Sagar
Time/Timeless
One of the strengths of a temporary structure is that it is not necessarily tied to any specific time or even place. By its very nature it may not exist for a prolonged period before it is destroyed, disassembled or reconstructed in a new location. The power of this 'flux' and potential for change is that the structure itself can become an event; The simultaneous immediacy and transience synonymous with the act of constructing something temporary intensifies the appreciation of the place it can create.

This structure aims to achieve an awareness of time through removing the viewer from their surroundings and placing them into an environment in which they can only appreciate the passing of time by the changing of daylight and the eventual emergence of the night sky. The sukkah is intended to allude to ‘temporary-ness’ and transience through its visibly particulate and fragmented timber structure. Torn Hessian (made from hemp vegetable fibres) fabric strips hang from the roof, intensifying the separation from the outside but also emphasising the material over head; they become an element of the roof itself, engulfing the occupant. The fabric makes the structure appear to float, further developing the light, temporary fragmented nature of the assembly.
The structure itself is constructed from standard lengths and sections of soft wood but relies not on mechanical fixings but on saw junctions tied with thick hemp rope, encouraging a sensation of the transient and of a ‘light’ structure.

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