Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn has decided to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot this year with an unconventional sort of sukkah, or temporary exterior hut, designed by architects Henry Grosman and Babak Bryan.
A sukkah is usually a regular four-sided canvas-wrapped structure covered with wooden slats that allow the stars to be seen from within. But there's no reason why it can't get some designer input as long as it maintains a few basic principles. Grosman and Bryan have erected a totally unique sukkah called "In the Field" at Eighth Avenue and Garfield Place. It is constructed of two-by-fours and rebar and topped with Spanish moss, and the interior is decorated with hanging laser-cut leaves in warm colors. We think it's an interesting experiment in connecting the ancient customs of religious life with modern-day society.