This time next week a street of social housing in Norwich could be celebrating victory in one of the UK’s most prestigious architecture prizes.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) will be naming the winner of their Stirling Prize on October 8 and the fuel poverty-tackling homes on Goldsmith Street are vying for victory.
Architects Mikhail Riches and Cathy Hawley designed the 105 energy-efficient social rent homes to Passivhaus standards for Norwich City Council.
Each house features smart innovations like removing the letterbox from the front door and placing it in garden walls instead to prevent energy from being wasted.
The suburban street also shuns cars and features play spaces for children while front doors also face each other in a bid to maximise the social impact on offer.
“As a council we have been interested in building new social housing for a long time.” Said Laura Mcgillivray. “The properties we have here are all built to Passivhaus house standards and that has really lowered the energy bills.”