The Postmodern former home of journalist Janet Street-Porter in London has won Grade II-listed status for its ‘wholly untraditional’ and ‘extroverted’ aesthetic.
The Spaces writes:
Piers Gough – principal of CZWG – designed the Britton Street townhouse for Street-Porter in 1987, describing it as a ‘portrait’ of the outspoken TV personality. The pair met as students at the Architecture Association (although Porter went on to a career in the media) and shared a passion for the provocative Postmodern style ‘It is a celebratory scheme,’ Gough told the Architect’s Journal. ‘It’s idiosyncratic; it looks like its owner. It was not an expensive building but it carries a visual punch.’
… Says Historic England: ‘The overlaid interlinking diamond frameworks across the façade create a wholly untraditional aesthetic, to which the materials, chosen due to happenstance and budget, contribute.’
Street-Porter sold the Clerkenwell property in 2001 and commissioned David Adjaye to build her new residence nearby…