A House For Essex







This house in the north Essex countryside is the latest to be commissioned by Alain de Botton's Living Architecture company.

It has been designed in collaboration with the artist Grayson Perry and contains a number of specially commissioned artworks. The programme is for a two-bedroom guest house that also contains a gallery and formal reception space.

The site is on the Stour estuary, a few miles inland from Harwich. It lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the house will enjoy spectacular views across the river.

The exterior will be clad in bottle-green ceramic tiles designed by Grayson Perry. The roof will be finished in brass sheet and feature a number of elaborate figurative sculptures, also designed by Perry. The sculptures, tiles and interior artworks explore the historical and contemporary character of Essex.

The design received planning approval in November this year and work is due to start on site in March 2013.

Interviewed about our collaboration with Grayson Perry, Alain de Botton said: "I think the work of both is being taken to new heights by what they bring each other".

You can read more about the interview and project here