Grayson Perry’s A House for Essex

A house for essexWe *actually* love Grayson Perry here at T&K Towers and not just because he’s a brilliant artist but also because he just seems like a really nice bloke (he also has an awesome wife, psychotherapist Philippa Perry, who happens to have the best glasses we’ve ever seen).

We love him so much we went to check out his ‘House for Essex’ over in Wrabness in North Essex. It’s a house designed by Grayson Perry in collaboration with FAT Architecture and Living Architecture. And while it is essentially a massive artwork, it is also a holiday let in which anyone can book a stay (you must enter a ballot to be in with a chance).

The house has been designed around a story created by Perry about a fictional woman, Julie, whose husband had the house built in her memory when she died. There’s more information here via The Guardian with some of Perry’s initial sketches which are just as lovely.

House for Essex Roof

It has now officially opened but when we went to have a sneaky look a couple of weeks ago (Wrabness train station is about a 5 minutes walk) there was still fencing around the site but we managed to get some pictures nonetheless. Check out the documentary, Dream House, this Sunday on Channel 4 exploring how and why it came about.

Happy Friday! X


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