RIBA Stirling Prize 2019: Goldsmith Street by Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley

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Originally published in The Architects’ Journal Stirling Prize special and online at architectsjournal.co.uk

The significance of Goldsmith Street’s nomination for this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize cannot be understated. This collection of terraced streets by Mikhail Riches with former partner Cathy Hawley on the edge of Norwich city centre is the first council housing project to have been nominated for the prize in its 24 years of existence, a fact that says as much about the prize itself as about what has been built in the UK – and more crucially what has not – during these decades. What’s more, should Goldsmith Street end up winning, it may signal a new direction in what the Stirling Prize seeks to reward. Previous winners have typically been show-stoppers, large-scale one-offs that revel in engineering acrobatics (Gateshead Millennium Bridge, 2002) typological evolution (Evelyn Grace Academy, 2011) or elite refinement (Newport Street Gallery, 2016). What sets Goldsmith Street apart is its radical normalcy…

Originally published in The Architects’ Journal Stirling Prize special and online at architectsjournal.co.uk

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