Highgate Bowl, completed by HASA Architects aims to explore the possibilities of this forgotten piece of the London, and how it could be rediscovered and re-appropriated by introducing a series of small scale interventions.
These sensitive interventions take the form of new external and internal pathways, as well as rooms and furniture pieces that guide visitors through the large open bays of the glasshouse while framing views of the surrounding landscape and Bowl beyond.
The design’s plywood skin creates a folded landscape that is inspired by the original structure’s frame and panel construction. The new pathways, rooms and furniture pieces are designed in a modular configuration to negotiate the change in levels between each bay and provide separation between visitors and the fragile glass outer skin. To provide contrast, the application of a dark finish is applied to the existing structure creating a distinction between old and new.