Britton Street

Posted on Fri, 21 Oct 2022 by KiM

Rising four storeys alongside its Georgian neighbours in one of Clerkenwell’s most desirable locations, Britton Street is an energetic and celebrated example of post-modernism. It was designed by the architect Piers Gough, principal of CZWG, for Janet Street-Porter in 1987. It occupies a corner plot, left vacant since the Second World War, with a conventional elevation of fenestration in alignment with the neighbouring terrace. The windows, however, are overlaid with interlinking diamond frameworks above log lintels, creating, in contrast, a contemporary lattice effect. Entry is within a gated courtyard intended for off-street parking. The ground floor opens to a hallway with three bedrooms, two adjoining. These have use of an en-suite bathroom and there is also separate shower room, utility room and a cleverly incorporated kitchenette. A stone staircase spirals to the first floor, where the main bedroom, with an en-suite bathroom and a dressing room, extends in an arch. The second floor serves as the main living space, open plan with a birch plywood ceiling and huge windows filled with the foliage of surrounding plane trees. Behind curved walls, echoing the stairs and courtyard wall is the kitchen, which opens onto a semi-circular balcony on the south-facing elevation. Through the dining area is a door to the external staircase, leading to a decked roof terrace and a further bedroom with an en-suite shower, which exists behind the enormous, triangular portion of glazing visible from the front.
How wonderful would it be to own such a beautiful example of post-modern architecture in such a prominent location. For sale (£3,750,000) via The Modern House.

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