Saturday19 August 2017

Fat and Grayson Perry win approval for controversial house

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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.


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  • We will have our work cut to win the carbuncle cup in 2014...

    Andy Ramus

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  • SomeoneStoleMyNick

    Horrible neo-PoMo . We've all been there, done that. FAT should change its name to FADH. (Flogging a Dead Horse).

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  • A House for the future to treasure. Philistines be gone! It is absolutely wonderful. Said it in July. Sayin' it again. I would like to own it in fact.

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  • SomeoneStoleMyNick

    "Sayin'"? Do you think that's cool?

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  • Valerie, looks like you, FAT, Grayson Perry and the third Little Pig may be the only people who share this opinion.

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  • Not entirely my taste, but I'd like to point out that, within the endearing mish-mash of Wrabness, this will probably fit in rather well. An entirely appropriate building for the place.

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  • What a fun little house, a bit like a matryoshka doll.
    I would expect the pontipines to live here, new dads? - you know what im talking about.

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