Living Architecture’s A House For Essex in Wrabness refers to the tradition of follies in the landscape
Fat’s A House for Essex in Wrabness, on the bank of the River Stour, has been approved for planning the second time around.
The proposal, designed with artist Grayson Perry for Living Architecture, refers to the tradition of follies and wayside chapels in the landscape while aiming to provide a new building for the county that captures aspects of a contemporary Essex life.
Perry said of the holiday home, which will be available for the general public to rent: “I wanted the building to reflect the different aspects of the county, its traditional side with a hint of its more recent history.”
The house is made up of a series of archetypal barn-like forms that step up in scale from the entrance to the main living room space. It sits on a hill, with its highest point on the lowest ground level to keep the building’s impact on the wider landscape at a minimum.
The total internal floor area is 127sq m, divided by an entry porch, hallway stair, kitchen and living room on the ground floor and two bedrooms and a bathroom on the first. The stepping up of volumes creates a series of interlocking spaces that merge into each other; the two bedrooms look down into the double-height living room and there is a view of the hallway from the bath.
The exterior of the building is clad in hand-crafted, bottle-green ceramic tiles designed by Perry, and atop the copper gables there are sculptures in the same material. Tapestries, pots and mosaics, also by Perry, adorn the interior, telling the story of the imaginary Essex everywoman.
Charles Holland of Fat described the house as “a hybrid, part house and part gallery”, while Perry describes it as “a jewel box containing the relics of an admirable ordinary life”.
Construction will begin in 2013 and is due to be completed in 2014.