London Open House is probably my favourite event of Design Week. Private buildings you only normally see in architectural magazines open their doors to the nosiest of the London public. David Adjaye’s Sunken House (Ed’s Shed) was one of those buildings we had both seen in publications so the chance to visit it for real was an opportunity hard to resist.
In truth, it wasn’t my cup of tea. Somehow I can imagine it as an absolutely wonderful scale model and I can see that the plans are very clever but for me this wasn’t a house I could live in. The owner is an architectural photographer so unsurprisingly the building is extremely photogenic, both inside and out but it didn’t have the warmth that I personally would want from my dream house. And this is the fascinating thing about Open House events, for owners to welcome the public in and subject their own homes to this sort of judgement is a very kind thing to do.