Highpoint I

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Highpoint I
Corner detail of Highpoint 1, showing balcony profiles
Corner detail of Highpoint 1, showing balcony profiles.
General information
Type Residential
Architectural style International style
Address North Hill, Highgate, London, N6 4BA, United Kingdom
Town or city London
Country United Kingdom
Design and construction
Architect Berthold Lubetkin
Structural engineer Ove Arup
Main contractor J. L. Kier & Co Ltd
Designations Grade I listed

Highpoint I was the first of two apartment blocks erected in the 1930s on one of the highest points in London, England at Highgate. The architectural design was by the Russian-born architect Berthold Lubetkin, the structural design by the Danish engineer Ove Arup and the construction by Kier.[1]

Highpoint I was built in 1935 for the entrepreneur Sigmund Gestetner, but was never used for its intended purpose of housing Gestetner company staff. One of the best examples of early International style architecture in London, this block of 64 flats was very innovative in its day.

When the building was completed, it became widely renowned as the finest example of this form of construction for residential purposes. When Corbusier himself visited Highpoint in 1935 he said, "This beautiful building .... at Highgate is an achievement of the first rank." And the American critic Henry Russell Hitchcock called it, "One of the finest, if not absolutely the finest, middle-class housing projects in the world."[2] In 1970 this reputation gained official recognition when both Highpoint blocks were classified Grade I within the historic buildings listing programme.[3]

The second Lubetkin building in the same style, Highpoint II, was completed on an adjoining site in 1938. This is also a Grade I Listed Building.[4]

The gardens at Highpoint contain a swimming pool and two tennis courts.

Architectural historian Dan Cruickshank selected Highpoint as one of his eight choices for the 2002 BBC book The Story of Britain's Best Buildings.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "High point of modern". The Times (London). 2006-05-12. Retrieved 2010-05-04. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Hansard, 3 February 1970
  4. ^ http://list.english-heritage.org.uk/resultsingle.aspx?uid=1079183
  5. ^ Cruickshank, Dan. "Choosing Britain's Best Buildings". BBC History. Retrieved June 3, 2008. 

Coordinates: 51°34′29″N 0°09′03″W / 51.57485°N 0.15091°W / 51.57485; -0.15091