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Highpoint Haringey

Summary

Highpoint I and II are Modernist apartment blocks designed by Lubetkin and Tecton, regarded as fine examples of early International style architecture. The private landscaped gardens to the rear of the blocks were designed by Clarence Elliott in consultation with Lubetkin. The site was mature in the 1930s and the design worked around the existing trees.

Basic Details

Site location:
North Hill, Highgate

Postcode:
N6 4BA ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Housing/Estate Landscaping

Date(s):
1936-38

Designer(s):
Clarence Elliott & Berthold Lubetkin

Listed structures:
LBI: Highpoint I & Highpoint II

Borough:
Haringey

Site ownership:
Mantra Ltd (company owned by residents)

Site management:
Gross Fine (Managing Agents), Great Portland Street

Open to public?
No

Opening times:
private

Special conditions:
No photography

Facilities:

Events:
Has opened for London Open House

Public transport:
Tube: Highgate (Northern). Bus 43, 134, 143, 210, 271

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/11/2011
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ282878

Size in hectares:

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
Yes

In Conservation Area:
Yes

Conservation Area name:
Highgate

Tree Preservation Order:
Yes - 5 Lombardy poplars; 1 sycamore

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
None

Fuller information

Sited at one of London's highest points, Highpoint I was the first of the two Modernist blocks here to be built, both designed by Lubetkin and Tecton. It was completed in 1935 for entrepreneur Sigmund Gestetner, originally designed as social housing for the staff of the family's office equipment business. Regarded as one of the best examples of early International style architecture in London, the 7-storey block of 64 flats was innovative in its day. In 1936, at Lubetkin's suggestion, Gestetner purchased the adjacent site of a C19th or possibly C18th house called The Cedars, and Highpoint II was built here in 1938, a more luxurious block with a penthouse where Lubetkin lived. The private landscaped gardens to the rear of Highpoint I and II were designed by Clarence Elliott in consultation with Lubetkin. The site was mature in the 1930s and the design worked around the existing trees such as the cedars in front of Highpoint II. The site slopes downhill from the two buildings bisected by a central axial path between the blocks; however, the whole area is held communally. The gardens to the rear of Highpoint I comprise two rectangular terraces, the upper laid out with grass and the lower with tennis courts, each with screening shrubs and trees. The gardens behind Highpoint II include an additional plot to the south-west, the site of a squash court, and a swimming pool with a single storey pool-house at one end and a circular children's paddling pool at the other, designed by Lubetkin. The gardens between pool and house are given a more 'private' treatment, contrasting with those behind Highpoint I, with serpentine paths and varied 'naturalistic' planting. The gardens have been described as belonging to 'the tradition of Capability Brown and Humphry Repton which manipulated nature as a green informal foil to large formal houses, usually white, in a vision of benign, confident coexistence'.

Sources consulted:

Allan 1992 chap 7; Brown 1989 pp194-5; Victoria County History; English Heritage Primary Research File HAR 20

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