Sukkah 2000 / 5760
Sukkah designs by prominent architects


James L. Nagle

BIOGRAPHY: James L. Nagle received a Bachelor of Architecture from MIT in 1962 and a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University in 1964. Singe 1977, he has practiced with Nagle, Hartray and Associates. He has served on the faculty of the University of Illinois, the Illinois Institute of Technology and other educational institutions. Among his projects are 20 North Michigan Renovation, Northwestern University dormitories, the renovation of the Walker Muuseumat the University of Chicago, and the renovation of Harpo Studios in Chicago (Oprah)

LOCATION: Nagle, Hartray and Associates, Ltd., Chicago, Illinois

Job Captains were Jeff Straesser with Doo Ho Lee and Brook Potter.
Materials are poplar, bamboo, fir plywood, fir lumber, steel fasteners, and manila rope.
The designs of the booth for the observance of the Sukkot harvest festival is founded upon the harmonious combination of diametrically opposed qualities. The ancient laws governing the construction of the booth are combined with a modern aesthetic. The form of the booth has the required prescribed walls and roof. The vertical planes of the structure extend beyond the boundaries of the interior space, radiating out into the landscape. The open "window" slots on the corners allow the raised door place to extend out of the structure towards the horizon. Thus, the overall effect is that of a small space that grows into the surrounding area.
The booth is to be constructed out of organic materials: bamboo, maple wood, and thatched reed. In essence, the materials are a reference to the harvest that the booth commemorates. These materials are also suited to the construction of the temporary booth in that they can be easily assembled, disassembled, stored or replaced. This selection of bamboo for the walls is based on lightness, strength and rapid growth rate for easy renewal. The horizontal bamboo banding is a reference to the plane of the earth. The vertical and horizontal banded bamboo, serve to gather together the land and the harvest in the form of shelter. In these exterior walls, the only cut opening is that of the doorway. The entry stairway serves as the juncture between the new booth for Sukkot and an existing dwelling. As temporary shelter, the booth would be a natural extension of the dwelling structure, bringing the house closer to the land. The booth's hearth, while symbolic, is integral to the structure as a tie to the dwelling. The visitor to the booth experiences a spiritual tie to the land, represented through materials, and an abstract representation of dwelling.
Copyright © All copyrights are owned by the respective architects and/or their firms
All photos on these pages are the property of the respective architects and their firms

Disclaimer: Sukkah 2000 / 5760 and those associated with it seek only to display these works for the purposes of religious education and entertainment. It is not responsible for the use or misuse of the photos and essays. Readers should use this site only for education. They should not copy nor reproduce any parts of this site without the written permission of the specific architect.