The award dates to 2019 and is named in honor of the modernist social housing pioneer and 2018 Royal Gold Medal laureate. This year’s quartet is taken from winners of RIBA’s 2021 Regional Awards and features two projects by Peter Barber, who is rapidly establishing himself as a leader in innovative public housing design.
According to RIBA President Simon Alford: "Each scheme provides an intelligent and creative solution that addresses the UK’s affordable housing challenge. They also offer delightful places to live that consider the health and wellbeing of current and future residents."
The full shortlist of projects can be viewed below.
95 Peckham Road, London, by Peter Barber Architects
RIBA description: "A vibrant development made up of 33 homes, embracing dramatic design and playful features, and a peaceful courtyard behind the building. The block is a lively new addition to the Peckham street."
Blackfriars Circus, London, by Maccreanor Lavington
RIBA description: "A sustainable new neighborhood, revived from a semi-derelict brownfield site, which comprises several separate blocks with stunning roof gardens and a 28-story tower. It generates 336 new homes and includes two public areas and a yard surrounded by units for small enterprises."
Key Worker Housing, Eddington, Cambridge, by Stanton Williams
RIBA description: "A communal residential scheme, designed for the University of Cambridge, with interconnected courtyards and harmonious shared spaces throughout the development, welcoming both residents and the public. It incorporates sustainable water features and bike storage units wrapped in timber."
McGrath Road, London, by Peter Barber Architects
RIBA description: "A series of 26 unique townhouses, designed for the London Borough of Newham. The houses challenge convention with their creative layouts and the combination of a traditional London terrace and European courtyard, which brings the residents together."
Also, don't miss the just unveiled 2021 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist for the UK's best new building.
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