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Lubetkin's Highpoint entrances to be overhauled - images

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Form_art Architects has won listed building consent to revamp the entrance halls of Lubetkin and Tecton's Modernist milestones, Highpoint 1 and Highpoint 2 in Highgate, north London.

The two 1930s buildings are enormously significant for the part they have played in the UK Modern Movement, but both entrance halls have suffered from neglect over the years and, according to Form_art, will be the subject of the first refurbishment in their history.

The last restoration work on the buildings was carried out by John Allan of Avanti Architects - a close friend and biographer of the Russian-born Lubetkin - who refurbished the penthouses and flats of Highpoint 1.

Form_art, which has been commissioned by Highpoint's freehold company, Mantra, says its design will give Highpoint's foyers a 'new lease of life, encompassing bold colour schemes, careful restoration works, lighting and furniture'.

The practice said the blues and browns of Highpoint 1 and the reds and taupes of Highpoint 2 have been developed through 'careful research into the original paintwork, and a contemporary analysis of the architectural composition and movement of these spaces'.

Form_art principal Alison McLellan, said: 'We are delighted to have been asked to work on such a significant project and look forward to delivering a contemporary solution of which Berthold Lubetkin would be proud.'

English Heritage has backed the scheme, claiming the proposals are 'well researched' and will help to 'improve and enhance' the Grade I-listed buildings.

Work is likely to start on the two buildings this summer.

by Richard Vaughan

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