Whimsical Essex ‘folly’ nears completion

An ornate and unusual holiday home has recently been constructed beside the Stour Estuary in Essex.

The decorative building was designed by the artist Grayson Perry in collaboration with FAT, an architectural firm from London. Known as “A House for Essex”, the design was part of the Living Architecture project devised by critic and philosopher Alain de Botton.

The Living Architecture project involved renowned architects designing contemporary properties, which will eventually be made available as holiday rentals. According to Perry, the design of the Essex house relates to shrines, follies and fairy tales.

The facade is covered in ceramic tiles, dark green and white in colour, and decorated in relief with figures and symbols. The roof is equally eye-catching, being clad in copper panels and topped by sculptures made from cast aluminium.

The cladding for the house’s exterior was produced by Shaws of Darwen, a specialist ceramics manufacturer. More than 2,000 tiles were cast by the firm from originals made by Perry. The interior will contain mosaics, ceramics and tapestries, also created by the artist, and the house should be completed later in 2014. Charles Holland of FAT architects described the resulting building as “part house and part gallery”.

Further north in Anglesey, another intriguing building has made use of copper in its construction. The Copper Kingdom, a visitor centre built from historic copper bins, won a RIBA award in 2014. Residents of the area who are planning building projects could design creative houses making use of materials such as copper and ceramics with the help of North Wales architects.

Posted by Mark
August 14, 2014
New Buildings

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