NO PLACE like home

NO PLACE like home
Cover image featuring common examples of sukkah structures, wrapping existing buildings.
There is no place like home, but we can carry it with us wherever we go. Researching temporary living solutions to design a new way of living.

Elene Pichkhadze
Tbilisi, Georgia
Field of work
Design, Visual Art, Research
Project category
Raising awareness
Project submitted

I am a visual artist and interior designer based in Tbilisi, Georgia. I am interested in projects, involving social and spatial design, public art; something, that defines a new way of living and interacting with an urban spaces.

Project researches temporary living solutions, such as sukkah, offered by jewish culture. It focuses on problems of homelessness and misplacement. Work itself is a ceremony, to redefine a domestic space, question what exactly and what attributes make a space a house. During 7 day holiday of Sukkot, this work will question 5 attributes of home: feast table, seating, hand-washing spot, roof, family altar; and what role does this elements play in creating a temporary living solution.

Project mostly focuses on emotional experiences, involved in the process of «growing a house». The ability to carry your own space, home wherever you go. The performative part of this project is very important, as this structure engages with time: how sukkah changes and expands, untill finally completing itself. From a shelter to a house. It underlines this idea of temporality in architecture: that can be very solid and stable, but stay fragile and uncertain at the same time. The main goal is to review sukkah, as an alternative way of living and discuss its potential in our modern lives.