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A House for Essex

One of eight new-build rental houses designed by prestigious architects, and artists, for Living Architecture. This house was a collaboration between the artist Grayson Perry and FAT Architecture and is located on a sloping site over the Stour Estuary in Essex.

Although constructed with a simple timber and blockwork structure, the sculptural form and inventive detailing required careful coordination between the designers and specialist fabricators. The exterior is clad in self-supporting ceramic tiles as the outer leaf of a cavity wall and a number of sculptures are mounted on top of and suspended beneath the roof, including a delivery scooter ‘chandelier’ over the double-height chapel space.

The house was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary ‘Grayson Perry’s Dream House’, which followed the development of the project from the perspective of the artist.

Structural engineering by Jane Wernick Associates, now part of engineersHRW.

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FAT Architecture, Grayson Perry
Jack Hobhouse
EU Mies van der Rohe Award for Contemporary Architecture, Shortlisted