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A House for Essex shortlisted for AR House 2016 awards

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FAT and Grayson Perry’s A House for Essex, famously overlooked by this year’s RIBA Awards, has been named among four finalists vying for the internationally renowned AR House awards

The eccentric house, completed with FAT’s Charles Holland with artist Grayson Perry, was subject to controversy when it failed to scoop a regional award after the RIBA Awards judging. It has now been selected as one of four finalists in the AR House awards, which aims to find the most interesting, exciting house in the world.

AR House, run by AJ sister title The Architectural Review, attracted schemes from around the world, including homes in Germany, the US, Japan and the UK. 

The jury of Alison Brooks, Takero Shimazaki and Aljoša Dekleva chose projects that exemplified the changing nature of what a house is, while embracing the award’s long tradition of promoting exemplary design.

The finalists

  • A House for Essex, UK by Charles Holland/FAT/Grayson Perry
  • Cosmic, Japan by UID Architects
  • On the Water, Japan by NikkenSekkei
  • Casa Caldera, Arizona by DUST

The four homes have been visited by an independent writer and photographer, who have reported their findings back to the jury in order to choose the winner. 

Shimazaki said the shortlisted schemes reflected ‘the ambiguity and ephemerality of our present and the definition of a future house.’

Last year AR House was won by David Chipperfield’s Fayland House which also failed to pick up an RIBA regional award that year. The winner of AR House 2016 will be announced later this week.

The Architectural Review’s Emerging Architecture Awards celebrate up-and-coming architects. To find out more and to enter, click here. Entry closes on Thursday 14 July

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