Peabody housing wins RIBA award
New-build, Darbishire Place in Whitechapel, has won a prestigious award from the Royal Institute of British Architects.
A new housing block on one of Peabody’s oldest estates, is among 37 winners of this year’s Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) National Awards – the most prestigious awards for new buildings in the UK.
Designed by Niall McLaughlin Architects, Darbishire Place, above, is made up of 13 new family homes at our historic Whitechapel estate. The scheme completes an ensemble of six housing blocks surrounding an internal courtyard, the original block having been destroyed during the Second World War.
The building's façade draws inspiration from the existing Victorian blocks designed by the first Peabody architect, Henry Astley Darbishire.Read more about the awards
Peabody Chief Executive Stephen Howlett said:
"We're thrilled that this scheme – which continues our tradition of providing beautiful, practical and robust homes built to last – has been recognised. We've shown how modern design can slot into a unique site, providing 21st century homes in inner London."
Architect Philip Gumuchdijian, chair of the RIBA Awards said:
"There is obviously a desperate need for housing. It can be difficult to create beautiful spaces when there is a formula but this is a year of good architecture that will be useful."
"Darbishire Place is a super high-quality block that is beautifully crafted." He added: "That’s Peabody, notionally among the most economic. And it's beautifully done."
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