The Macau Architecture Promenade (MAP) pavilion is the result of a worldwide open-call for artists, launched by the Babel Cultural Organisation for an architectural event. From more than 50 proposals from all over the globe, Babel selected the large-scale architectural pavilion by Chinese architecture studio Impromptu Projects. The choice was based on the concept that an artwork, to be contemporary, must contain in itself a certain part of the future, rather than being only from its own time.
This temporary bamboo structure, entitled Treeplets, attempts to mimic the splendour 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. Given its sheer size, it is a public space intervention which aims at activating the outdoor activities of the local community at various levels: by giving shade, by creating favourable conditions for anyone who passes by the temporary structure, by promoting the local bamboo craftsmanship, and by serving as a meeting point and an unexpected mark in the urban arena.
The trees are joined together through their canopies, enabling the creation of natural archways and provide structural solidity for the whole installation. Most of the materials utilised in the construction of this temporary structure were intentionally chosen for their recyclable qualities: on one hand, bamboo poles were taken from the scaffoldings of the building industry and returned to its original function once the structure was dismantled; on the other hand, the triangle-shaped fabric that served as decorative foliage on the canopy were in fact recycled PVC fabric from outdoor banners. Therefore, the transformative process of the materials was equated in the design as it proposes the reutilisation of the sources by creating something new out of the current spectacle.
Architects | Impromptu Projects, Sughin, China
Location | Macau University Campus, Hengqin Island, China
Technical info | Recycled PVC banners
Picture credits | Zizu