Detached House in Highgate, North West London, N6
planning permission: refurbishment : interior design : landscape
: bespoke furniture
Commissioned to completely modernise and extend the living and bedroom
areas of this period house in a Highgate conservation area, TAG Architects
succeeded in obtaining planning consent for a substantial enlargement
of the ground floor, revisions to the front of the house and remodelling
of the rear garden. This resulted in transformation of the living
areas from a number of small rooms into a well organised, flexible
open plan area, well integrated with the rear terraces and the rear
The relationship of the house with the south facing rear garden
was of particular concern as the garden was steeply sloping away
from the house, which limited its practicality and usefulness. To
address this problem, split-level to the living areas was introduced
leading to stepped exterior terraces opening onto the levelled rear
garden. This allowed the house to seamlessly connect to the rear
garden through the interface of carefully proportioned terraces
adjoining the house.
Internally, the remodelled spaces are flooded with natural light
through continuous skylights. The reorganised floor plan allows
for flexible arrangement of the living areas in accordance with
specific activities. Folding doors allow for enclosing the open
plan areas if privacy is required. In a fully open plan, the living
areas connected with the kitchen and dining area respond to the
requirement for a space well tailored for frequent entertainment.
The large centre island acts a visual and functional link between
the kitchen, dining and family areas.
The oversized profile structural members to the skylights limit
the direct sunlight coming into the house as does the sun shade
canopy along the south facing perimeter of the house. UV and infrared
filters to the glass further limit the summer heat gain. All M&E
services were overhauled, allowing for installing energy efficient
heating and lighting systems.
The in-house custom designed bult-in high quality furniture and
joinery is complemented by a palette of carefully selected quality
natural materials: zebrano, walnut, ipe and oak woods, lime and
marble stones, stainless steel. Longevity, practicality and ease
of maintenance were important factors in the choice for materials
and design details.