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Norwich City Council’s Goldsmith Street is the largest PassivHaus social housing scheme in the UK and is designed by Architect firm Mikhail Riches.

The roughly 100 new low energy homes are split between about 50 flats and 50 individual terraced houses. The socially rented homes should cost in the region of £150 a year to heat. Each home has their own Idealcombi front door in different colours and triple glazed windows meeting PassivHaus requirement.

Client:  Norwich City Council

Architect: Mikhail Riches


  • WINNER: RIBA Sterling Prize 2019
  • WINNER: Neave Brown Award for Housing 2019
  • WINNER: AJ Architecture Awards 2019 for Housing (£10m and over)
  • RIBA East Award 2019
  • RIBA East Client of the Year 2019 for Norwich City Council
  • RIBA East Sustainability Award 2019
  • RIBA National Award 2019
  • Housing Design Awards winner, 2016
  • Campaign to Protect Rural England Norfolk Awards 2018 – winner of the Green Build Award
  • The Times – named as one of the world’s top 10 best new examples of architecture for 2018