Grayson Perry unveils 'gingerbread house'

The house, described as a 'secular chapel', is part of philosopher Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture project

Artist Grayson Perry has unveiled his latest surreal creation – time in the Essex countryside.

Builders removed scaffolding covering the building to reveal a green- and gold-tiled facade reminiscent of a gingerbread house, albeit in Wrabness on the Stour Estuary.

The house, described as a “secular chapel”, is part of philosopher Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture project.

The design, inspired by “single mums in Dagenham, hairdressers in Colchester, and the landscape and history of Essex”, will be aired on Perry’s Great Design show on Channel 4 next year.

The property, officially called A House for Essex,  will eventually be let out to paying customers.

Charles Holland, of FAT Architecture, who helped design the house said: “It is a hybrid building, part house and part gallery.”

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