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RIBA Stirling Prize 2019

In Praise of Modesty


Unlike in the past, this year’s Stirling Prize of the Royal Institute of British Architects seems to have kindled consensus among critics. For example, Oliver Wainwright of the newspaper The Guardian considers the winning building – Goldsmith Street in Norwich, by Mikhail Riches (David Mikhail and Annalie Riches) and Cathy Hawley – “a modest masterpiece.” Not only because of its social housing program – of the kind that connects with the very best democratic sensibilities of the United Kingdom – and its high degree of energy efficiency, but also and especially because of a restrained architecture where engagement with the city, urban scale, and materiality are key players.

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