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November 18, 2015 12:19 pm

Grayson Perry’s shrine and the schism in modern architecture

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The artist’s secular chapel ‘A House for Essex’ shows how it is possible to assimilate ornament into design

‘A House for Essex’ — a collaboration between artist Grayson Perry and architect Charles Holland — is a melange of Finnish church, Thai temple and fairytale gingerbread house that serves as secular chapel to the memory of a fictional Essex woman. Yet, with this strange little building, Perry and Holland have succeeded in doing what others have not been able: assimilated ornament into the design. By doing so, they have helped to highlight a schism that has been at the heart of modern architecture for 150 years.

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