Grizedale Arts



Founded 1992.

At Grizedale

FAT (an acronym of Fashion Architecture Taste) is an environmental design studio specialising in architecture, cities and design. The studio is directed by three of Britain's leading architectural and design thinkers: Sean Griffiths, Charles Holland, Emma Somerset Davis and Sam Jacob, each of whom are committed to developing architectural culture both through practice and through design research at institutions including Yale and the Architectural Association.

In 2002 FAT's summer house, 'You Make Me Feel Mighty Real', originally built for English Heritage at Belsay Hall, Northumberland, was installed in Grizedale Forest. The design is based on a Romanesque church. It is clad in thousands of metal discs which create a pixelated pattern depicting overscaled Romanesque decoration. The discs move and catch the light in the wind creating a magical effect of rippling light. Inside are two seats from which to contemplate the forest which is visible from the window.

They also designed a font for Graeme Roger's hermitage, that gave the appearance of a half timbered idyll but actually spelt out the words "F*** Off".

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