These semi-transparent temporary structures installed on a rooftop in Tel Aviv combine traditional nomadic Bedouin tent design with high-tech materials. Inspired by Old Testament stories, Tel Aviv-based architectural collective Sack and Reicher + Muller teamed up with fabric expert Eyal Zur (SRMZ) to design a temporary installation for this year's Fugitive Structures competition organized annually by the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF).
The structures installed on a rooftop in Tel Aviv, within SCAF’s Zen garden, were also inspired by Israel’s use of scientifically calibrated fabric greenhouses which make possible the growing of fruit and vegetables in a predominantly arid landscape. These ecological tents collectively named Sway also reference Sukkot, an annual festival commemorating the Old Testament story of the Israelites sheltering in the wilderness en route to ‘The Promised Land’.
The architects created the project as a way of exploring temporary housing ideas and alternatives to costly and lengthy construction processes that often plague temporary architecture projects. Concepts of transience, temporality and hospitality were addressed by looking to the country’s past and its traditional architecture to find economical solutions that can work today.