grayson perry + FAT: house for essex
grayson perry + FAT: house for essex grayson perry + FAT: house for essex
oct 03, 2012

grayson perry + FAT: house for essex

‘a house for essex’ by grayson perry with FAT architecture, harwich, england image © FAT / living architecture




international practice FAT architecture teamed up with local english artist grayson perry in designing the ‘house for essex,’ an avant-garde residential model covered in mosaics, tapestries, sculptures and ceramics that tell the story of the mythical essex woman called julie.


overlooking the river stour near harwich, the two bedroom house will be available to rent by the general public beginning in 2014, as the permit to build in a natural reservation has just been acquired. the dwelling stands as a cross between a gingerbread house and a chapel with a jovial play in scale, complete with an infinite attention to details that illustrate julie’s life and accomplishments, in hopes that it will change the world’s view of essex women.

grayson perry FAT designboom the avant-garde residential model covered in mosaics, tapestries and sculptures

grayson perry FAT designboom overlooking the river stour near harwich, the two bedroom house will be available to rent by the general public

the dwelling stands as a cross between a gingerbread house and a chapel with a jovial play in scale

north elevation

west elevation

ground floor plan

first floor plan

site plan

site plan detail

  • this ‘architecture’ makes me want to go take a dump.

    wheres the can says:
  • julie’s life and accomplishments… must have taken place well before modern medications. At least she did start a new religion to match.

    Jim C. says:
  • Yet another FAT load of you know what from head to toe.

    Wayne Carr says:
  • Some rather uncharitable comments. I does look like a residence for some sort of magical creature. A fairie perhaps. I like it. History in a blender.

    M jackson says:
  • Reminds me a lot of Gaudi. It\’s very arts and crafty, don\’t see why so many people dislike it. It seeks detail and ornamentation in yes, it could be a kitschy way for some, playful for others. I personally like it.

    Mel says:
  • Interestingly mind-blowing!
    and by mind-blowing,
    I mean i want to blow my mind its so hideous and rediculous. What problem does it even solve?

    I\’m sorry, M jackson, and Mel, but how can you even appreciate this? With so many other urban problems around the world, this is what positively contributes to our society??

    The fact it even made it online is even more rediculous. The architect should be shot.


    jon Bonjovi says:
  • not everyone wants to live in a soulless glass and metal modern apartment. i think this is great and I’d happily live in or near it. it would make me happy. i love the outer walls and the Russian doll effect. it’s actually not as mad as i had expected, considering that it’s by Grayson Perry

    Tino says:
  • it is just great

    lynn says:
  • @JB judging by your comment I assume you are a teenager that just discovered the internet, but I can give you some advice, when you grow up don’t try and be an architect.

    apehep says:
  • Curious how many of the above commentators actually studied architecture or understand FAT. Their aesthetics are probably not the most appealing of current starchitects, but no other firms are as loyal as they when it comes to post-modern principles. Meanwhile, every two bit enjoys the neo-Modernist geometric Leviathans that abandons ornamentation for souless iconography (which ironically isn’t even honest to their ‘less is more’ ideology.) But hey, at least the self-referential nature of neo-Modernism is congruent with you self-righteous narcissists.

    Des says:
  • Oh yeah, and if you don’t understand the difference between either ideologies, it’s best that you don’t comment on architecture.

    Des says:

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