A conceptual holiday house designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry in collaboration with FAT Architecture. The house, located in Wrabness, Essex, is an artwork in itself and was inspired by a mythical Essex woman called Julie, whose husband Rob commissioned the house in her memory after she was hit and killed by a curry delivery driver in Colchester. The building has been designed to evoke a tradition of wayside and pilgrimage chapels and includes a number of Perry’s works such as tapestries, pots, decorative timberwork and mosaic floors.
A House for Essex is a project by Living Architecture, an organization that commissions leading architects to design out-of-the-ordinary holiday rentals in the U.K.
It is a singular building, appearing as a small, beautifully crafted object amongst the trees and fields. The house does not attempt to mimic the appearance or materials of existing buildings in the local village of Wrabness.
Instead, it offers a unique addition. Its materials and forms are sympathetic to the site and the area’s sense of remoteness. For example, hand-made tiles relate tonally to the landscape while the building’s simple pitched roof forms echo simple agricultural buildings and farmhouses.