What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

The Taj Mahal of Essex


Today, we explore the fun, unusual-looking holiday home known as A House for Essex (A.K.A. Julie’s House). Located in the quiet town of Wrabness, Essex, overlooking the River Stour, the funny little house was built with a fictional backstory. The conceptual project commissioned by philosopher Alain de Botton is meant to be a mausoleum for (fictional) Essex resident Julie Cope, built by her (equally fictional) husband after she perished in a (fictional, of course) tragic accident. Because of its backstory, the house has been dubbed by some as the Taj Mahal of Essex.

The structure was designed and created by the Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry in collaboration with the architecture studio FAT. The interior of the house features artworks by Perry paying homage to the fictional Julie. The outer walls are covered in green and white tiles bearing symbols to commemorate the life of Julie. The structure is decorated with unexpected ornaments including a wheel, a large ceramic egg, and a collection of kooky weather vanes.

You can see more of A House for Essex (and even book it for a holiday!) on the Living Architecture website.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

6 thoughts on “The Taj Mahal of Essex

  1. well…I think I am wordless.

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  2. Depending on cost, I would pay to go see it and others in person. Hal

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  3. I used to teach in Colchester so I know this area of Essex well. I am also a fan of Grayson Perry’s work (have you seen his Walthamstow Tapestry?) and its playful blending of kitsch and art tradition and the way his pieces often seem colourful and fun but articulate profound truths. I would, therefore, love to have visited this house but it was constructed after I had moved away from Essex and, I believe, after I had emigrated.

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