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Izzy looks at some of Living Architecture‘s best examples of holiday homes including Grayson Perry’s ‘A House for Essex.’

Last week Channel 4 aired Grayson Perry’s Dream House, which depicted the build of ‘A House for Essex’, a homage to Grayson’s hometown and the people in it. ‘A House for Essex’ is dedicated to a fictional saint called Julie who Perry describes as an ‘Essex Everywoman.’ The design takes inspiration from English chapels and traditional farmhouses reflecting the landscape it surrounds.

The project is a collaboration between Grayson Perry and Living Architecture, a non profit organisation that uses top architects to design houses for holiday rental across the UK. They have designed an incredible range of houses that all push the boundaries of modern architecture. Here are a few of my favourites:


The Balancing Barn

Living Architecture - The Balancing Barn


The Balancing Barn stands (just) over the edge of a nature reserve in Suffolk.

A Room for London

Living Architecture - A Room For London


You literally can’t get much more central than A Room for London, a mock boat perched on the edge of Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre.

A House for Essex

Living Architecture - A House for Essex



To find out more about Living Architecture and see more of Grayson Perry’s work have a look at the links below:

Living Architecture

Grayson Perry

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