Carmody Groarke is a London-based architectural practice founded in 2006 by Kevin Carmody and Andy Groarke. The architectural team of Carmody Groarke takes on a wide range of arts, cultural, heritage and residential projects.
Highgate House is a residential project implemented by Carmody Groarke. This new family house located in a leafy suburb of north London, creating a strong relationship between its external form and the composition of its internal spaces. The use of a brick as the predominant material forms strong physical consistency and presence throughout by its sculptural use. "Brick provides contextual coherence with the surrounding detached houses of the North London suburb. Whilst the treatment of the house is manifestly abstract, covering all surfaces inside and out, it retains associations of traditional crafting embedded in the eclectic domestic architecture of the neighbourhood.
A clear language of public and private realms is defined in the elevations of the house. The treatment of thresholds between interior and exterior space varies greatly in scale and proportion according to each room’s physical and visual connection to the street, garden and Highgate Wood beyond,” explained the architects.
The ground floor welcomes its habitants with the large central hall, that becomes the determining element of the whole formal and spatial composition. The lobby also simultaneously reinforces a hierarchy of rooms within the house according to patterns of living: open-plan, fluid space on the ground floor and other common mobile rooms on the upper floors.