Published: 9th Oct 2019

A council estate in Norwich has been named by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as the best new building in the country. Goldsmith Street in Norwich, which was designed by Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley, has been named the winner of the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize. The estate is comprised of almost 100 ultra low-energy homes and arranged in seven terrace blocks, modelled on the Victorian streets of the nearby ‘Golden Triangle’ district. The back gardens of the central terraces share a secure ‘alleyway for children to play together, and a wide landscaped walkway for communal gatherings runs perpendicularly through the middle of the estate. Goldsmith Street also has a passive solar scheme, designed to minimise fuel bills for residents. All the homes face south and every wall is over 600mm thick, and the roofs are angled at 15 degrees to ensure each terrace does not block sunlight from homes in … (To read the full article, subscribe below)