Tristan da Cunha

Designing a More Sustainable Future for Tristan da Cunha's Community

Lateral Office


Lateral Office, founded in 2003, is an architecture practice that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. The studio describes its practice process as a commitment to design as a research vehicle to pose and respond to complex, urgent questions in the built environment, engaging in the wider context of a project– social, ecological, or political. Lateral Office is committed to an architecture that responds directly to the demands of the 21st century – and the subsequent new typologies that might emerge. Their work and research focuses on powerful design relationships between public realm, infrastructure, and the environment.

Lateral Office have been pursuing research and design work on the role of architecture in remote regions, particularly the North, examining the potential for social and cultural infrastructure to be geographically scalable, environmentally adaptable, and multi-purpose in its programmability, to envision new northern vernaculars. They are the authors of the upcoming book Many Norths: Spatial Practice in a Polar Territory (Actar 2015) and of Pamphlet Architecture 30, COUPLING: Strategies for Infrastructural Opportunism (Princeton Architectural Press 2011.

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