Take a look inside the house of cowardly wife Janet
The House of Fog. Photo: Open House
CELEBRATING its 30th anniversary, the Open House Festival resumes next Thursday – the annual opportunity for architecture and design fans to explore some of London’s most beloved and mysterious homes.
Over 100 homeowners will be opening their doors and many for the first time, including an eye-catching building in Clerkenwell that was once the art studio of sculptor Marc Quinn.
Later, the bricks and mortar underwent a drastic change when the broadcaster and loose women Panelist Janet Street Porter commissioned architect David Adjaye to design something much grander.
The Fog House, in Clerkenwell Close, was created with privacy in mind – ‘a secret from the outside’ – with frosted windows.
Janet Street Porter. Photo: Pierre de Jem_CC BY 2.0
Mrs Street Porter also lived just around the corner from Britton Street, in a building designed for her by her lifelong friend and famous architect Piers Gough. They had met after joining the Architectural Association on the same day in the 1960s.
She moved in 2001 but the house recently received listed protection.
By appearing on Celebrity House Secrets – the ITV show where famous people talk about the places they’ve lived – Ms Street-Porter told how one night she came home after winning a Bafta.
“I came home and was so drunk I put the award on the second story windowsill and it fell out the window and I never saw it again,” recalls- she.
To see the Open Day website for the full list of properties to view.