Historically Highgate consisted of 4 areas of ancient woodland. A regular client came to LPA with a compact garage plot which sits directly on one of these woodlands, once used exclusively for coppicing. Our brief was to provide housing on the site while maintaining some of the existing garages, and to incorporate our design into an extensive landscaping proposal.
LPA created a design and planning proposal for a gathering of three houses, a woodland-like cul-de-sac, entirely complementary to its context. We did this through exploring the materiality of the houses in relation to the traditional process of woodland coppicing, and exploring how the buildings could grow around the existing garage buildings.