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Small but perfectly formed: Architects and designers create dollhouses for charity


October 15, 2013

Compass House, by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, is a weekend retreat designed for children with visual impairment (Photo: Thomas Butler)

Compass House, by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, is a weekend retreat designed for children with visual impairment (Photo: Thomas Butler)

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A total of 20 well-known architects and designers, including Zaha Hadid, Guy Holloway, and FAT Architecture, were recently tasked with producing a unique dollhouse each for UK charity KIDS. Each of the diminutive houses is set upon a plinth measuring 75 x 75 cm (30 x 30 in), and is meant to sport a unique feature to make life easier for children with disabilities.

The designs stray slightly from this remit on occasion, but the results are superb, such as Jack in a Box by Guy Holloway, which hides an inflatable structure within an unassuming dollhouse.

Guy Holloway's "Jack in the Box," after being inflated (Photo: Thomas Butler)

The Grimm’s House, by James Ramsey Raad Studio, is a dollhouse-cum-illustrated fairytale book for blind children, featuring the story of Hansel and Gretel written in braille, and another notable highlight is A dolls’ house made of three-sided rooms, by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. This latter example is designed for children with sight and sensory loss, and boasts rooms that react to movement and respond to touch.

A Dolls' House is curated by UK property developers Cathedral Group, and a selection of the 20 dollhouses are currently on display at Senator, London. On November 11, all the dollhouses will be made available for auction at Bonhams, in London, in aid of KIDS. The charity supports disabled children, young people, and their parents.

Source: A Dolls' House

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Great idea and great cause.

Why not have the same architects or others do houses og creations for this charity - where the medium is LEGO:


Claus von Eyben

I am on my city's Access Advisory Committee, and I would love to see these dollhouses here for children to play and have fun. It is too bad that I am only seeing this article so many months after it was published.

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