Location: Highgate, London
Project Year: 2012
Photo: Simon Bishop, Morley von Sternberg, Dusan Todorovic
London design and architecture studio Coppin Dockray creates projects that daring in the idea, are elegant in form and have a sudden approach. Their multiple repair apartments are Modernist masterpieces, Highpoint II in Highgate, are a repair of the blue dream well wordy of attention.
Highpoint II Duplex has been completely renovated and is equipped of indoor renovation in 2012. Berthold Lubetkin’s seminal building of 1938 is Grade 1 Listed and the building fabric is strictly protected. The Duplex was in poor condition, which has not changed for about 50 years and was in need of significant repair and restoration.
Customers wanted a practical family home, and they took a long-term approach, and had a “do whatever it takes” attitude in the restoration of the original and the only survivor from 1938 bathroom and dramatic concertina windows. Unoriginal kitchen workers were replaced by a new and effective design to meet modern demands. The new cabinet was formed and the finishes and fittings were renewed for the entire project. The striking color palette of blue and brown tones has been designed on the basis of the Le Corbusier’s 1931 collection of colors, his Polychromie Architecturale.
Highpoint II Apartment was the fourth interior projects of Coppin Dockray completed in 2015, which puts the mural in the center of the design – the result of cooperation with the street artist James Straffon.
Structural ‘zone’ extends through the middle of the building and was skillfully concealed by the architect Lubetkin in the storage area and doorways. This structural arrangement allowed a large horizontal ribbon windows and generous rooms with open floor plan. In this project the designers sought to subtly reveal the “structural seam” in a building with polished brass lining.