Winner of the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize goes to Goldsmith Street by Mikhail Riches
As the first social-housing scheme to win the RIBA Stirling Prize, Goldsmith Street by Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley had also won the first Neave Brown Award for Housing at last week’s event in the Roundhouse.
The 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize judges, chaired by Julia Barfield, said:
“Goldsmith Street is a modest masterpiece. It is high-quality architecture in its purest, most environmentally and socially conscious form. Behind restrained creamy façades are impeccably-detailed, highly sustainable homes – an incredible achievement for a development of this scale. This is proper social housing, over ten years in the making, delivered by an ambitious and thoughtful council. These desirable, spacious, low-energy properties should be the norm for all council housing.”
The project for Norwich City Council is made up of almost 100 highly energy-efficient homes. Rows of two-storey houses are bookended by three-storey flats, each with their own front door, generous lobby space for prams and bikes, and a private balcony.
Neave Brown Award
The award, named in honour of the late Neave Brown (1929 – 2018), recognises the best new example of affordable housing in the UK. Projects eligible for the award needed to have won a RIBA Regional Award be 10 or more homes completed and occupied between 1 November 2016 and 1 February 2019; and have one third of the housing be affordable and demonstrate evidence of meeting the challenge of housing affordability.
Chair of the Neave Brown Award for Housing Jury, Immediate RIBA Past President Ben Derbyshire, said:
“Goldsmith Street is an exemplar for social housing. Over 10 years in the making, the architects, working with the City Council, have shown impressive sensitivity and prowess at every stage of the process. The result is not just a highly desirable new neighbourhood for Norwich, but homes of the highest quality and most exacting environmental standards. That the outcome appears so naturally at ease in its context requires skill and determination belied by the scheme’s apparent simplicity.
RIBA Stirling Prize 2019: The People’s Vote
- Cork House by Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton – 9.8%
- Goldsmith Street by Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley – 10.1%
- London Bridge Station by Grimshaw – 24.6%
- The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners – 17%
- Nevill Holt Opera by Witherford Watson Mann Architects – 28.8%
- The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park by Feilden Fowles Architects – 9.7%
Winner of the Stephen Lawrence Prize – Cork House
by Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton
The Stephen Lawrence Prize rewards new, experimental architectural talent, celebrating projects with a construction budget of less than £1 million. Stephen Lawrence Prize founder Marco Goldschmied said:
“Cork House is a unique fusion of ancient construction methods and cutting-edge technical research to produce a highly innovative, low carbon solution with a wide variety of applications from mass housing to emergency shelters. We are delighted to present Matthew Barnett Howland, Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton with the Stephen Lawrence Prize 2019.”
Winner of Client of the Year Award is Network Rail
Network Rail have been named RIBA Client of the Year 2019. The annual award recognises “the key role that a good client plays in the creation of fine architecture.”
Jo Bacon, Chair of the RIBA Client of the Year jury, said:
“Network Rail have made considerable investment in projects to transform rail infrastructure across the UK. With their incredible record of commissioning RIBA chartered architects and their commitment to the creation of high-quality civic spaces, Network Rail is a worthy winner of the 2019 RIBA Client of the Year.”
Read more on other RIBA Award winners.