Sukkahville Design Contest, Toronto Building Competition, Ontario, Canada

Sukkahville Design Competition, Canada

Kehilla Residential Programme – Toronto Architecture Contest, Ontario

18 Mar 2013

Sukkahville Design Competition 2013

Sukkahville Architecture Contest

Design Competition

Reimagining the Sukkah

Kehilla Residential Programme invites architects, students, artists, builders and allied design professionals to submit design proposals for the second annual Sukkahville Design Competition. The aim of this open competition is to design a temporary, free-standing Sukkah to be built in Mel Lastman Square in Toronto for the holiday of Sukkot. We encourage you to re-imagine the traditional notion of Sukkah, with a contemporary design language and approach.


A Sukkah is a temporary structure constructed for use annually during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot. It is described in Leviticus as a symbolic wilderness shelter, symbolizing the frailty and transience of life. While building a Sukkah is a particular Jewish ritual observance, it represents many conceptual themes surrounding the essential nature of dwelling, which are universal in nature. Proposing an innovative Sukkah design which delicately balances the inherent dichotomies of new / old, open / closed, temporary /permanent is the challenge inherent in this competition. The temporary structure must adhere to the following traditional constraints:

• The footprint of the sukkah must be no smaller than 27”x27”, but no larger than 100 square feet
• The height of the Sukkah must be taller than 38” high, and no taller than 30’0”
• The Sukkah must have a minimum of two walls, with a partial third wall at least as wide as a single hand span.
• The roof of the Sukkah must be made of some form of natural materials. During the day it must provide more shade than sunlight. During the evening, the stars must be visible at night from within the Sukkah. Large roof openings are inconsistent with the sheltering quality of a Sukkah.
• The roof must not be comprised of and must be fully detached from any living tree, branch or plant.
• Roof material may not be tightly secured with wire. Metal roof supports may not be used to support the roof material.
• Wall materials are not limited, and pieces of the wall can be spaced up to a maximum of one foot apart.
• Walls must be sturdy enough to withstand a steady wind.
• While the Sukkah must be built anew each year, a sustainable design approach, which minimizes the waste and disposal of the Sukkah materials, is strongly encouraged.
• The Sukkah may not be anchored to the site, but must be stabilized or weighed down without penetrating or damaging the hard surfaces or exceeding the maximum permitted footprint.


Five winning designs will be chosen by a select high-profile jury to be constructed in a visionary village on Mel Lastman Square from September 22nd to September 24th 2013. Finalists will be notified by July 15th, 2013 and will be responsible for obtaining construction materials and constructing their designs. A stipend of $3,600 per winning design will be awarded to assist with construction, materials and transportation costs. Prize money will also be awarded for the 1st Place, 2nd Place and People’s Choice Awards.


Sukkahville Competition submissions must be received by 12:00:00 EST on Jun 17th, 2013 to the office address listed below. One single board size ARCH D (36″ x 24″), mounted on foam core per entry will be accepted. The presentation layout and technique is absolutely open and at the discretion of the entrant. The presentation should clearly document the proposed design as well as the approach to the construction. Presentation boards should be completely anonymous. Please tape a single, sealed, letter-sized envelope to the back of the board containing the name and contact information of the entrant. Entrants must register by May 15th 2013; please send an email with your name or names of team members, email address, telephone number and your location to [email protected].


May 15th, 2013 Registration Deadline
June 17th, 2013 Deadline for Submissions
July 15th, 2013 Finalists will be notified
September 20-21st 2013 Construction Period
September 22-24th 2013 Public Display
September 22nd 2013 Awards Presentation

Sukkahville 2014 Competition


Kehilla Residential Programme is a non-profit housing agency whose mandate is to identify and champion housing initiatives responsive to the needs of the Jewish community in the greater Toronto area. Established in 1982, Kehilla is an affiliate agency of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. Under its mandate, Kehilla has been both a leader in the development of many affordable housing initiatives as well as in offering property management services for community housing projects. With the goal of raising awareness to support Kehilla and its initiatives, the Sukkahville competition has been instituted to bring focus to the many significant affordable housing issues that are prevalent in our own community.
Feel free to send us any question or concerns you have by email or phone!

Kehilla Residential Programme
262 Ridley Boulevard
Toronto, ON M5M 4N6
Tel: 416 932 1212
Fax: 416 932 1214

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @kehillarp

Sukkahville Competition – external link to competition website

Location: 262 Ridley Boulevard, Toronto, M5M 4N6, Ontario, Canada

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