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Joao O, Rita Machado

Impromptu Projects

http://www.impromptuprojects.com

Calcada da Barra, nr. 29, 3-B, Macau S.A.R. China, Macao
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, institutions, organizations and faculties as critical participants in the urban space, using installations, events, and urban art as references.

Performing Spatial Structures


Bamboo Scafolding in the expanded Field

Performing Spatial Structures


Bamboo Scafolding in the expanded Field
A future in which traditional knowledge and techniques would be sustainable and iterated in order to create new architectural shapes.
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Type of project
  • New areas of operation

RETHINKING THE FUTURE
1. A future in which traditional knowledge and techniques would be reused in order to create new shapes;
2. A future in which the public space would be a space for free artistic expression or activated by the construction of artworks for full enjoyment of all citizens;
3. A future in which architecture would be more sustainable.
4. To celebrate architecture, the city and public space in relation to other arts and in the wider context of culture;
5. To celebrate urban culture, experimentation, and innovative practices in order to inspire new ways of thinking about the city;
Our studio proposes a kind of architecture that is mindful of each territory’s current situation, aiming at the expansion of improbable public places with the involvement of the local community, institutions and universities as critical participants in the production of urban space, using installations, events, and urban art as references.



Macau Architecture Promenade (MAP) pavilion, entitled Treeplets, was the result of a worldwide open call for artists in 2015, launched by BABEL cultural organization. From more than 50 proposals from all over the world, the organizers selected the large-scale architectural pavilion by Impromptu Projects, in which the structure also supported collateral activities during the MAP festival. Awarded A'Design Award (Milan, 2016) and the International Design Award (Los Angeles, 2016).

Invited by ZDB (Zé dos Bois gallery, August 2016 – September 2017, Lisbon), the studio Impromptu Projects conceived a bamboo canopy which was built by masters who traveled for the first time outside of Macau. This summer terrace would host afternoon gatherings and outdoor cinema at night. The temporary structure covered an area of 50sqm and had a span of 10 meters long.

Memory Palace (October 2016 - February 2017, Lisbon) exhibition held at National Museum of Science and Natural History, curator Natxo Checa. The project reflects on the figure and deeds of the priest and scientist Matteo Ricci, an Italian Jesuit of the sixteenth century who was established, via Macau, in mainland China, having been accepted and adopted as intellectual by the Ming dynasty.

Elapse Pavilion (May 22-27, 2017, Macau), designed and built by University of Saint Joseph third-year undergraduate architecture students, architecture studio VI, with João Ó and Neil Sansom as instructors, the Elapse Pavilion is a temporary structure located at the edge of Sai Van Lake. The design is derived from shape grammars, a rule-based system used as the basis for form-finding exercises.

Garden Detour (Dec 18- Feb 18, 2018, Macau), designed by Impromptu Projects as a site-specific intervention for a group show entitled The Light in the Soul - Light Art Exhibition as part of the Macau Light Festival 2017. This outdoor intervention was located at the pond of Orient Foundation’s picturesque garden. It consists of a bridge constructed entirely in bamboo which creates a new passageway, or a shortcut, between the main gate of the precinct and the colonial building.

Performing Spatial Structures


Bamboo Scafolding in the expanded Field

Performing Spatial Structures


Bamboo Scafolding in the expanded Field
A future in which traditional knowledge and techniques would be sustainable and iterated in order to create new architectural shapes.
File under
Type of project
  • New areas of operation

RETHINKING THE FUTURE
1. A future in which traditional knowledge and techniques would be reused in order to create new shapes;
2. A future in which the public space would be a space for free artistic expression or activated by the construction of artworks for full enjoyment of all citizens;
3. A future in which architecture would be more sustainable.
4. To celebrate architecture, the city and public space in relation to other arts and in the wider context of culture;
5. To celebrate urban culture, experimentation, and innovative practices in order to inspire new ways of thinking about the city;
Our studio proposes a kind of architecture that is mindful of each territory’s current situation, aiming at the expansion of improbable public places with the involvement of the local community, institutions and universities as critical participants in the production of urban space, using installations, events, and urban art as references.



Macau Architecture Promenade (MAP) pavilion, entitled Treeplets, was the result of a worldwide open call for artists in 2015, launched by BABEL cultural organization. From more than 50 proposals from all over the world, the organizers selected the large-scale architectural pavilion by Impromptu Projects, in which the structure also supported collateral activities during the MAP festival. Awarded A'Design Award (Milan, 2016) and the International Design Award (Los Angeles, 2016).

Invited by ZDB (Zé dos Bois gallery, August 2016 – September 2017, Lisbon), the studio Impromptu Projects conceived a bamboo canopy which was built by masters who traveled for the first time outside of Macau. This summer terrace would host afternoon gatherings and outdoor cinema at night. The temporary structure covered an area of 50sqm and had a span of 10 meters long.

Memory Palace (October 2016 - February 2017, Lisbon) exhibition held at National Museum of Science and Natural History, curator Natxo Checa. The project reflects on the figure and deeds of the priest and scientist Matteo Ricci, an Italian Jesuit of the sixteenth century who was established, via Macau, in mainland China, having been accepted and adopted as intellectual by the Ming dynasty.

Elapse Pavilion (May 22-27, 2017, Macau), designed and built by University of Saint Joseph third-year undergraduate architecture students, architecture studio VI, with João Ó and Neil Sansom as instructors, the Elapse Pavilion is a temporary structure located at the edge of Sai Van Lake. The design is derived from shape grammars, a rule-based system used as the basis for form-finding exercises.

Garden Detour (Dec 18- Feb 18, 2018, Macau), designed by Impromptu Projects as a site-specific intervention for a group show entitled The Light in the Soul - Light Art Exhibition as part of the Macau Light Festival 2017. This outdoor intervention was located at the pond of Orient Foundation’s picturesque garden. It consists of a bridge constructed entirely in bamboo which creates a new passageway, or a shortcut, between the main gate of the precinct and the colonial building.


Idea by

Joao O, Rita Machado
Impromptu Projects
Calcada da Barra, nr. 29, 3-B
Macau S.A.R. China
Macao
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, institutions, organizations and faculties as critical participants in the urban space, using installations, events, and urban art as references.