Lead DesignerJoao O, Rita Machado
Prize(s)3rd Place in Other Architectural Designs / Other Architectural designs
Entry Description

This temporary bamboo structure, entitled “Treeplets”, attempts to mimic the splendor and rarity of identical triplets in the form of three random trees, hence the word play of the title. The trees are joined together through their canopies, enabling the creation of natural archways and provide the structural solidity of the whole installation. It is a public space intervention which aims at activating the outdoor activities of the local community and to promote the traditional knowledge and techniques of scaffolding with contemporary design concepts.


Impromptu Projects is a multi-disciplinary studio practice founded by Joao O and Rita Machado. The work of the studio is focused on the design of ephemeral structures as well as on the study of their social relevance. They propose a kind of architecture that is mindful of the territory’s current situation, aiming at the expansion of improbable public places with the involvement of the local community as critical participants in the urban space, using installations, events, and urban art as references. Joao O is an architect, artist, and currently a visiting professor at the University of Saint Joseph. He has received numerous architecture and art awards, and exhibited internationally, including as a representative of Macau at the Venice Biennale and the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2009 and 2014 respectively.