I took on the Rapha challenge to cycle 500k over the week between Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. For my first outing I chose a destination that I've wanted to visit for such a long time. As I was at home in Essex I was in the right county to scoot across! Here are my snaps from a very, very cold windy day so I had to be quick about it because I couldn't have my hand out of my glove for any time before the journey back home! But I'm so glad that I ventured out to finally witness the majesty in person. The tiles that Grayson Perry hand-designed in clay cover the entire building with a copper roof, a little bit like a ginger bread house so it was the perfect Christmas outing! The shapes within the architecture of "A House For Essex" follow themes of triangles which are reminiscent of Sir Thomas Tresham's buildings, constructed to symbolise his Catholic faith (thanks mum for the historic insight). Head over to English Heritage to see his Triangular lodge and the National Trust to see Lyveden lodge.
Head over to FAT and Living Architecture to find out more about A House For Essex in the Stour Valley.