Sukkot, but make it art

The rules were simple: “Within the theme of “welcoming the stranger,” create a sukkah with at least 3 sides, a partial view of the sky, a “roof” made up entirely of natural materials and be large enough to accommodate two standing adults.

SUKKAH CITY x DC is “a public display of creative sukkahs designed by notable local architects.” A collaboration between the National Building Museum, the Capital Jewish Museum and the Eldavitch DC Jewish Community Center, SUKKAH CITY x DC is the newest in a decade long tradition of bridging the rituals of the holiday and key social justice issues, through the lens of creativity and art.

Rather than focus on whether the sukkot are kosher under Jewish law (spoilers: they aren’t), we’re going to let the architects (and their designs) speak for themselves, choosing instead to focus on the lessons to be learned and the ways in which we can welcome the stranger into our own Sukkot in the coming days.

Woven by Hord | Coplan | Macht
Visitors were invited to leave their mark
Sukkah by A. Robert Zweig

But surely there can’t really be shoes in those boxes…

Minyan by Escoff Ng Architects
(Re)orienting the Pallet by Cedar Knu Design
Neshama by Smithgroup
Do-Undo by Shinberg.Levinas Architects
Thank U, Nest by A Complete Unknown
Close up of the bird houses in Thank U, Nest

Which was your favorite?