List entry

List entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: HIGHPOINT I HIGHPOINT I (NUMBERS A TO D) HIGHPOINT I (NUMBERS G,H,I,K)

List entry Number: 1358885

Location

HIGHPOINT I (NUMBERS A TO D), NORTH HILL N6
HIGHPOINT I (NUMBERS G,H,I,K), NORTH HILL N6
HIGHPOINT I, 1-12, NORTH HILL N6
HIGHPOINT I, 12A, NORTH HILL N6
HIGHPOINT I, 14-48, NORTH HILL N6

The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County District District Type Parish
Greater London AuthorityHaringeyLondon Borough

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 10-May-1974

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: LBS

UID: 201444

Asset Groupings

This list entry does not comprise part of an Asset Grouping. Asset Groupings are not part of the official record but are added later for information.

List entry Description

Summary of Building

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

Reasons for Designation

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

History

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

Details

TQ 2887 40/181 NORTH HILL (West side) 800/40/181 HIGHGATE Highpoint 1 G, H, I, K, A to D, Nos. 1-12, 12a and 10.5.74 14-48 (consecutive)

GV I

Block of sixty flats. 1933-5 by Lubetkin and Tecton, engineer Ove Arup, for Sigmund Gestetner. Reinforced concrete monolithic construction with central spine of columns, the other reinforcement being built into the walls and floor slabs. Double cruciform plan, six storeys high, flat roofs, on falling land. EXTERIOR. Curved driveway leads between pilotis under projecting cantilevered curved porch to angled front. All windows of steel, by Williams and Williams, with mullions giving a regular rectangular glazing pattern. The long horizontal windows to the living rooms have a `concertina' opening arangement, sliding along metal tracks. Larger flats at right angles to main spine have long balconies, the end flats have short end balconies, all with cyma curved fronts. Square glazed windows in corners serve utility areas. INTERIOR. Hallway follows the line of the angled front, with porter's lobby to right, terrazzo floors and semi-circular seating area at end, whence four steps rise to inner hall with lifts and stairs at either end. The space is broken by two lines of columns, one on the main building line and one in its centre, with metal ceiling lights. Flats set at four cardinal points off each staircase, one set at half landing above or below the other three. At rear of block a wedge-shaped tearoom, anticipating the plan of the Finsbury Health Centre auditorium, whence a curving ramp reminiscent of that at the Penguin Pool leads between walls to the garden. Above this open, free-flowing foyer each stairwell serves four flats of two types, larger (three-bedroom or type A) flats at right angles to the main spine with long living rooms and balconies facing outwards, and smaller (two bedroom or type B) flats along the length of the block with living rooms all facing south. All flats with elliptical central columns, one exposed at entrance to each flat and access to service lift (disused). Original features include small tiled floors, shutes for dirty laundry, partly glazed doors to utility areas - these and plain doors to other rooms with chrome handles and switches set in the frame, and `Highpoint' sinks. Ground floor maids' rooms now converted to further flats. Highpoint One was the ultimate expression of modern movement styling in Britain, offering a relaxed serviced lifestyle on a stunning hilltop site with extensive grounds in a building demonstrating technical sophistication and exceptional elegance. Henry-Russell Hitchcock opened his account of Modern Architecture in England, an exhibition in New York in 1937, by dclaring it `one of the finest, if not absolutely the finest, middle-class housing in the world'. For though intended for a wide range of incomes, with some subsidized, low rents, such was the block's success that it quickly attracted an up-market clientele. Many eminent designers of the day visited this building soon after its completion, among them J J P Oud, Theo van Doesberg and L Noholy-Nagy. Without exception, they echoed the enthusiasm of its most famous visitor, Le Corbusier himself, who inspected the building in 1935. Sources Peter Coe and Malcolm Reading, Lubetkin and Tecton, Architecture and Social Commitment, Bristol, Arts Council, 1981, pp.120-4, 152-8 John Allan, Berthold Lubetkin, Architecture and the Tradition of Progress, London, RIBA, 1992, pp.252-312 The cruciform plan and height was controlled by local covenants and by-laws, while inspired by the form of the blocks in Le Corbusier's Plan Voisin which Lubetkin had seen exhibited in 1925.

Selected Sources

  1. Book  Reference - Author: Allan, J - Title: Berthold Lubetkin Architecture and the Tradition of Progress - Date: 1992 - Page References: 252-312
  2. Book  Reference - Author: Coe, P and Reading, M - Title: Lubetkin and Tecton Architecture and Social Commitment - Date: 1981 - Page References: 120-124

National Grid Reference: TQ 28252 87841

Map


© Crown Copyright and database right 2014. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2014. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.

This copy shows the entry on 02-Sep-2014 at 08:06:43.