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
Architectural styleInternational style
AddressNorth Hill, Highgate, London, N6 4BA, United Kingdom
Town or cityLondon
CountryUnited Kingdom
Coordinates51°34′30″N 0°09′03″W / 51.5749°N 0.1507°W / 51.5749; -0.1507Coordinates: 51°34′30″N 0°09′03″W / 51.5749°N 0.1507°W / 51.5749; -0.1507
Design and construction
ArchitectBerthold Lubetkin
Structural engineerOve Arup
Main contractorJ. L. Kier & Co Ltd
DesignationsGrade I listed

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

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]


  1. ^ "High point of modern". The Times. London. 12 May 2006. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  2. ^ The From Here To Modernity team. "Highpoint One: The High-Rise arrives in London". OpenLearn.
  3. ^ "Buildings of Historic or Architectural Interest". millbanksystems.com.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1079183)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  5. ^ Cruickshank, Dan. "Choosing Britain's Best Buildings". BBC History. Archived from the original on 25 August 2007. Retrieved 3 June 2008.

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