The structural work has completed on “A House for Essex,” Perry and FAT’s soon-to- be-rentable fairytale-inspired house, located in the village of Wrabness on England’s North Essex.
The house was created for Living Architecture, the holiday rentals organization created by philosopher and critic Alain de Botton, which commissions celebrated architects to design contemporary houses for the UK.
A whimsical addition to Wrabness, the house has a simple, barn-like structure, with a handcrafted regal facade clad in over 2,000 ceramic tiles and a four-part roof topped with large cast-aluminium sculptures by Perry and FAT. Copper alloy panels were used to create the standing seam roof.
The ground floor of the beautifully-crafted house will feature a dining/kitchen area and a double-height living room. There are two bedrooms on the first floor, both of which will boast balconies overlooking a double height living room, and a bath suspended over the entrance. Tapestries, mosaic floors and specially commissioned art works by Grayson Perry—celebrating the history and psyche of Essex—add to the charming otherworldly effect.
Perry explained, “The idea behind this project relates to buildings put up as memorials to loved ones, to follies, to eccentric home-built structures, to shrines, lighthouses and fairytales. There are much loved buildings all over the county and the country built in the same spirit.”
“A House for Essex” will be available for bookings beginning spring 2015.