’A House for Essex’, by Grayson Perry and FAT architects

Olden house in green color
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Art into architecture rarely works as seamlessly as this, with Grayson Perry's signature polychromatic eccentricities dovetailed perfectly into the neo-vernacular forms of London-based architects FAT, fresh from their showing at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.

'A House for Essex' is the latest proposal from Alain de Botton's Living Architecture outfit, combining ornament and craft to create an artwork that also nods at architectural follies, tin chapels and the culture of ad-hoc domestic extensions.

Perry will put his ceramic skills to good use to create a bespoke bottle-green tile for the external cladding, and extravagant chimney pots and interior decorations will come from the artist's kiln.

The house is due to open in Wrabness in 2014.

Jonathan Bell has written for Wallpaper* magazine since 1999, covering everything from architecture and transport design to books, tech and graphic design. He is now the magazine’s Transport and Technology Editor. Jonathan has written and edited 15 books, including Concept Car Design, 21st Century House, and The New Modern House. He is also the host of Wallpaper’s first podcast.