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Highgate House

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This property in Highgate, London was substantially reconfigured internally with a double height extension to the rear. This deep retrofit allows substantial environmental upgrades to the fabric, including upgrading of insulation through out, and the installation of a MVHR system. 

A new double height kitchen living space forms the social centre of the plan, allowing connections to both levels of the plan, both in terms of circulation and conversation. 

The project is a blend of contemporary and traditional materials and styles, with the aim of that both new and old are both of their times, but respectful of each other. 


Architect : A-Zero Architects

Giles Bruce, Mizue Katayama, Ingrid Hu

Contractor : Blero Construction

Structural Design: Fordham Consulting 

Joinery : Dominic Ash Bespoke

Photos © Agnese Sanvito

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Connect inside and outside​

We connected the double height space with the garden using to full height pivoting doors. These provide a full connection between inside and outside, with the level floor making a seamless transition when open. The doors also face east, which allowed us to use planting to the top of the pivot doors as 'shadow puppetry' to the wall behind, their wind blown shapes projecting on the wall behind. 



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