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Case Study #2: Priory Heights

Priory Heighs Estate, London

Avanti Architects’ refurbishment of these 1950s housing blocks in north London, designed by Berthold Lubetkin’s practice Tecton, is now nearly 10 years old, but is still radical in its sensitive approach to regeneration.

Avanti director John Allan, Lubetkin’s biographer and an expert on his work, was determined to avoid the conventional options of overcladding or blanket white coating. Instead, a solution was found that that would restore the original tonal contrasts – where exposed aggregate concrete was the mid tone between light cornices, copings, tiled panels, planters and the dark bricks.

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