Starchitects Go Miniature: 20 UK Architects Design Unique Dollhouses for Charity

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Thursday, October 10, 2013
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Electra House by David Adjaye and Associates and Chris Ofili (Courtesy

Electra House by David Adjaye and Associates and Artist Chris Ofili Has a Continuous Ground Floor for Indoor/Outdoor Accessibility. (Courtesy A Doll’s House)

Children are the focus of twenty new designs by some of the United Kingdom’s top architects. A Dolls’ House, launched by UK property redevelopment firm Cathedral Group, invited architects like Zaha Hadid, David Adjaye, and Alford Hall Monaghan Morris to scale down their architectural feats to a miniature size, each creating a dollhouse of innovative design for auction at Bonhams next month.

Zaha Hadid Architects' This Must Be the Place, a Puzzle Based on her 2007 Ideal House Colonge Pavilion. (Courtesy A Doll's House)

Zaha Hadid Architects’ This Must Be the Place, a Puzzle Dollhouse Based on her 2007 Ideal House Colonge Pavilion. (Courtesy A Doll’s House)

According to the design brief, each architect’s dollhouse must include a component that would ease the lives of children with disabilities and be able to sit on a 2.5-foot-by-2.5-foot plinth. These unique toy homes recreate the traditional plaything, exhibiting 21st century British art, construction, and creativity.

Catherdral Group has pledged nearly $160,000 (£100,000) in A Dolls’ House proceeds to benefit KIDS, a UK charity for disabled children. Currently, the architect-designed dollhouses are available for online bidding but the final auction will take place in person on November 11th. As of yet, most of the reserves have not been met.

Compass House by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.

Compass House by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. (Courtesy A Doll’s House)

All Images Courtesy A Dolls’ House.

One Response to “Starchitects Go Miniature: 20 UK Architects Design Unique Dollhouses for Charity”

  1. Could this be the new style? Toyarchitecture says:

    The new style

    Toy Architecture seems to be the next thing if you look at the envelope now it is no longer expressionistic but narrative.

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