- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 15 May 2018
A House for Essex
Commissioned by the philosopher Alain de Botton as part of his Living Architecture series, it was created by the Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry in collaboration with the architecture studio FAT.
Completed in 2015, after five years in the making, the house comprises four incrementally-smaller sections with a copper-clad roof based on the complex pitches of medieval stave churches, with each of the segments expressed externally as a volume in its own right..
The interior is dominated by similarly elaborate iconography depicting the fictional Julie as a saint, with mouldings, mosaic floors, tapestries, balconies, and decorative timber, ceramic pots, statues and glazing. There are also a number of art works by Perry, celebrating the ‘history and psyche of Essex.’
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Britain’s greatest maverick building.
- Building of the week series.
- Dancing House, Prague.
- House Attack.
- Little Crooked House, Poland.
- Mimetic architecture.
- Nautilus House.
- Plug-In to Housing.
- Schuppen house.
- St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow.
- The Hole House.
- Unusual building design of the week.
- Upside Down House, Poland.
- Watts Towers.
- Y House.
 External resources
Featured articles and news
How to write them and what they should include.
Five outstanding aspects of the profession.
The seismic strengthening of historic churches.
Results show guarded optimism and payment concerns.
Noteworthy navigable aqueducts.
Technology is making remote work a reality.
Carefully placed structures add drama to pastoral vistas.
Report provides actions required by 2030 to achieve a zero carbon economy.
What type of cool roof is most suitable?
Active Travel programme prioritises cyclists and pedestrians.
CIAT issues caution for use of new standard.
Industry leaders discuss climate change, the economy and other influences.