We are replacing a nondescript 1960s property in Highgate with a new family home that does justice to its site and offers a contemporary homage to the vernacular houses found in the area.
The existing property at Hampstead Lane occupies an unusual corner plot in a Conservation Area, surrounded by mature trees with three exposed elevations giving remarkable views across London. Our proposal subverts and twists the traditional pitched roof form of older houses nearby, with solid upper floors balanced on top of a glazed base. This in turn denoted the arrangement of form, material choices and window positions, to allow for a thoughtful interplay of public and private views, while capturing glimpses of the capital as one ascends through the spaces.
On the second floor, a generous window frames a picturesque view of Hampstead Heath and the city beyond. The use of textured, grey brick roots this contemporary home in its immediate environment, and balances the precise zinc detailing and glazed elements found throughout the project.
This luxury home includes an open-plan kitchen, living and dining room and six bedrooms, along with leisure, spa and home entertainment facilities at below-ground level.
Having recently granted planning permission for the project, Haringey Council provided very supportive feedback of our design, and commented that: “the new building is considered to be a fine example of a contemporary large detached dwelling of the 21st century that would enhance the appearance of the conservation area and its setting”.