This remodelled midcentury home in Highgate nods to its Sixties heritage

by Editorial Team

Within the leafy residential space of Highgate, a midcentury home, a part of a small property bordering Hampstead Heath, has been given a recent refresh by Chris Dyson Architects. Hexagon Home (beforehand residence to the late Monty Python star, Terry Jones) has lately undergone an exterior facelift and inside transform that convey it to the twenty first century, whereas nodding to its modernist structure origins.

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A midcentury home reimagined in Highgate

Initially constructed within the Sixties by architect Leonard Michaels, Hexagon home attracts on its surrounding wealthy cultural historical past and its hilltop location. Chris Dyson, founding father of the eponymous architectural studio (whose work features a remodeled, uncared for east London workshop into fashionable loft flats) took on the temporary to ship fluidity into the house, and seamlessly join the backyard to the house. 

Highgate Hexagon house - garden from above

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Though named ‘Hexagon’, the three-storey constructing has an L-shaped plan. A staircase is nestled throughout the elbow, which leads as much as split-level flooring. As you enter on the bottom ground, what was a kitchen has been remodeled into a personal house for visitor lodging, a fitness center and a sauna. Staying true to the guiding rules of the temporary, a roof lantern above the steps channels in a stream of pure daylight, a ripple impact that cascades all through the core of the house.

Highgate Hexagon house

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A utility room used to interrupt up the backyard wall internally. Chris Dyson Architects relocated it to the storage to disclose the total wall and create a protracted panoramic window alongside it. The window features a seating nook, added to absorb the backyard setting and views of the close by park, a picture-perfect scene framed in deep accoya timber.

Highgate Hexagon house window seat

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Complementary, lighter colored oak floorboards lead the attention out to the terrace outdoors the lounge. Sliding glass panes let within the surroundings and produce fluidity into the fashionable plan.

Highgate Hexagon house living space

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‘Beforehand, the house was accented by very darkish timber and the impact was fairly oppressive – darkish timber on the ground, darkish home windows, vinyl and terracotta within the kitchen,’ says Marie Louise Lengthy, the design director who led this mission. ‘By revealing the extent of those wonderful panoramic home windows, we have now brightened all the pieces: we used lighter, hotter wooden inside, then black on the skin, which ties it in with the cladding.’

Highgate Hexagon house, view in through glass door

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On the primary ground, the rooms that had been subdivided into smaller areas through the years have now been restored to their unique proportions. Cautious consideration to element elevates the entire, from the crafted tactile balustrade alongside the steps, to tiling, door handles and switches, all of which elegantly nod to the property’s origins.

Highgate Hexagon house bathroom

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