Stella is mediator of connectivity-- a sukkah that serves, simultaneously, the community at large and a small gathering of four. Stella seeks to blur the distinctions between inside and out, intimate and public, individual and connected.
The exterior is conceived of as a normative orthogonal form, creating a hard and protective layer that houses the more intimate activities within. Through a process of subtraction, an interior space is carved out with a sort of 3-dimensional Star of David, also known in the world of mathematics as Stella Octangula. The points of the 3-dimensional star that protrude beyond the orthogonal volume provide the openings for access and views to the context beyond. A skylight draws the eye up to look at the sky through a layer of bamboo schach.
The resultant walls are composed of a series of contoured layers which screen users inside the sukkah, obscuring views in and out of the structure but still allowing for dappled light to fill the interior space. The structure is at once a box, and a star, sheltered from the sun, but not isolated from it.
One of the driving goals of the project was to integrate ideas of fabrication into the design of the structure. Because the project starts with regular geometric form, the joints between parts are all standardized. The unique openings and patterns arise from a simple rotation of the 3d star relative to the orthogonal box. So, while all of the individual layers that form the thickness of the walls are unique, they always intersect at 90 degree angles.
The joint itself also relies on interconnectedness. Like the interconnected triangles in the Star of David, the assembly of Stella relies on a series of mortise and tenon joints, one relying on the next to complete the form and provide structural stability. In sequence, the joints form a herringbone pattern that adds a level of ornament both the exterior and interior of the sukkah.