Architect: Peter Tabori
Whittington Estate, London N19
This fantastic two-bedroom duplex flat with south-facing balconies is located on the second and third floors of Stoneleigh Terrace, on the highly sought-after Whittington Estate. A wonderfully bright flat with a double aspect, it occupies a favourable position at the peaceful southern end of the estate.
The estate was designed in the 1970s by the architect Peter Tabori during Camden Council’s ‘golden age’ of progressive social-housing development. Many of the flats are now in private hands, and are ever-popular with fans of modernist architecture. The development is characterised by its stepped profile that provides each property with excellent levels of natural light, and every flat has its own front door from the pedestrianised street that runs behind the terrace.
The property measures approximately 835 sq ft internally and is approached via an external concrete staircase from the pedestrian street. The front door opens onto a wide hall, leading to the large master bedroom, with built-in wardrobes and doors to a south-facing terrace, a second double bedroom and a bathroom. Upstairs there is a generous south-facing reception room, dining area and kitchen. The reception room opens onto a lovely sunny terrace, accessed through original, wood-framed, sliding doors.
Highgate Cemetery borders one side of the estate, and the open spaces of Waterlow Park and Hampstead Heath are within easy reach. The Whittington Estate is favourably positioned between the desirable areas of Highgate Village and Dartmouth Park. There is an excellent café called Cricks Corner nearby, as well as several popular gastro pubs, including St John’s Tavern, the Bull & Last, the Flask, the Lord Palmerston and the Southampton Arms.
Archway Underground station (Northern Line) is a short walk away.
Lease: approx. 99 years remaining
Service charge: approx. £1,895 per year, including heating and hot water
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The Metropolitan Boroughs of St. Pancras, Holborn and Hampstead merged to become Camden in 1965. Under the stewardship of Sydney Cook, the new borough quickly became renowned for its radical housing. Cook appointed a “dream team” of architects working out of Holborn Town Hall, led by Neave Brown. These included Peter Tabori, who was born in Hungary in 1942 and studied at the Regent Street Polytechnic. When he was a student, he asked the local authority for a diploma project and was given the brief for Highgate New Town (Whittington Estate). After working for Ernö Goldfinger and Denys Lasdun, Tabori joined Camden Architects Department – Sydney Cook had been so impressed by Tabori’s student work that he was employed to develop it into the final scheme.
The estate was built between 1973 and 1978 overlooking the cemetery. It comprises six terraces with strong horizontal lines of balconies and cornices and vertical cross walls. Between each terrace is a pedestrian walkway, with trees and shrubs to soften the architecture.
Under the guiding hand of Sydney Cook, certain qualities emerged among the council architects of the period that came to be defined as the “Camden style”. This includes the stepped section that is evident at the Whittington Estate, which allows for large, private, external terraces to be open to the sun. This was employed to equally dramatic effect by Neave Brown at the Alexandra Road Estate and by Patrick Hodgkinson at the Brunswick Centre, and was likely influenced by the Siedlung Halen housing by Atelier 5 in Switzerland.
One of the key figures in the development of Camden Council’s ‘golden age’ of progressive social-housing in the 1970s, Peter Tabori is best known for his distinctive ziggurat-style estates.
Born in Hungary in 1942, Tabori moved to London to study at the Regent Street Polytechnic. As a student, Tabori asked the local authority for a diploma project and was given the brief for Highgate New Town. After working for Ernö Goldfinger and Denys Lasdun, Tabori joined Camden Architects Department – the borough architect Sydney Cook had been so impressed by Tabori’s student work that he was employed to develop it into the final scheme.
Tabori’s designs developed Neave Brown’s principles of estate housing which centred around individual front doors and private open spaces, resulting in the distinctive stepped apartments which can be seen on the Whittington Estate and at Oakshott Court in Somers Town.