Hampstead Lane, Highgate Village
In winter 2008 Duggan Morris Architects were invited to develop proposals for the renovation of a house in Highgate Village on the north-eastern corner of Hampstead Heath. The existing building, a mid-20th Century Modernist building, was designed in the ‘Brutalist’ style, by a well-known local architect. The clients for the project are themselves also highly successful Architects, working on national and global stages for separate well known practices.
The tri-part involvement of three generations of architects seems highly relevant in the current political, economic, and environmental climate, when developing a case for the importance of good design. Brutalism thus continues to influence current generations of architects, whilst much of the public and indeed central government continues to chastise the movement for its perceived failings. In this case, a building which has clearly contributed in a unique way to the local conservation area has been saved from demolition by the enthusiasm and foresight of an informed client and design team.