Brooklyn-based Doban Architecture put a verdant spin on the traditional Jewish Sukkot harvest festival sukkah by building a greenery-clad version in Park Slope. The living structure, which is located just outside of the Congregation Beth Elohim was built in accordance with biblical instructions, albeit with a few modern touches.
According to Jewish tradition, a sukkah is a temporary enclosure built for the week-long celebration of Sukkot. The roof is usually constructed out of tree branches and is decorated with autumnal harvest themes, symbolizing a natural wilderness shelter. During the celebration, the sukkah is used to eat and sleep, and as a place for peaceful relaxation.
Doban’s Brooklyn sukkah, constructed out of plywood, has a living roof made out of crab apple branches and a plant-covered wall. The temporary structure hosted nightly potluck dinners during the week-long holiday.
The sukkah will remain on the corner of Garfield Place and 8th Avenue until October 7th if you’d like to go check it out for yourself!
Photos by Ben Kulo Photography