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Revealed: finalists in RIBA contest on world’s remotest inhabited island

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Brock Carmichael Architects and Scott Brownrigg are among five teams vying to overhaul government buildings on the remote islands of Tristan da Cunha

Toronto’s Lateral Office, John Puttick Associates of New York and Seville-based Javier Terrados and Fernando Suárez complete the shortlist in the RIBA-run contest.

The full shortlist

  • Brock Carmichael Architects - Liverpool, UK
  • Lateral Office - Toronto, Canada
  • John Puttick Associates - New York, USA
  • Scott Brownrigg - Cardiff, UK
  • Javier Terrados and Fernando Suárez - Seville, Spain    

Launched in March, the project will create a ‘more self-sustainable future’ for the 270-strong island community which is also known as Edinburgh of the Seven Seas.

‘Innovative and cost-effective’ proposals were sought to overhaul existing government buildings and community infrastructure on the island in the South Atlantic Ocean.

Initiatives to improve living standards, residential properties and agrarian systems were also required.

A total of 37 entries were received to the contest which features Tristan da Cunha head of government Alex Mitham and John Whiles of Jestico + Whiles on its judging panel.

Mitham said: ‘We were staggered by the scope and variety of ideas, and also heartened to see so many people wishing to assist such a remote community.

‘It has been very difficult to agree a shortlist as there were so many wonderful initiatives. However after careful consideration the Island has chosen five schemes, and I would like to congratulate these teams on their design proposals.

‘I know that the community will be enthralled to see these take shape into fully formed plans over the next few months.’

Whiles commented:  ‘This has been a complex and intriguing competition made all the richer by the worldwide response proposing an extraordinary range of solutions. 

‘The reward for me has been the detailed involvement of the Islanders in the selection of the last five entrants who now have a great challenge ahead to refine their initial proposals into an effective and achievable set of principles.’

The five shortlisted teams will receive around £3,000 each to participate in the competition’s second stage. Schemes will be presented to the judging panel when Mitham next returns to the UK in early Summer 2016.

Located around 2,800km south-west of Cape Town, Tristan is thought to be the remotest inhabited Island in the word. 

Along with nearby Nightingale, Inaccessible and Gough – Tristan is part of a grouping of islands known as Tristan da Cunha.

The settlement is only accessible by sea around 60 days each year due to its limited harbour and the severity of the ocean swells.






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