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Big names reveal little gems – 20 disability-aware dolls’ houses

The AJ can exclusively reveal all 20 disability-aware, architect-designed dolls’ houses to be auctioned for charity next month

Developer and project backer the Cathedral Group signed up an impressive squad of UK star designers, including Zaha Hadid and David Adjaye to think up and build the one-off miniature structures in a bid to raise £100,000 for disabled children’s charity KIDS.

The houses, which will go under the hammer on 11 November at Bonhams, have been created by MAKE, AHMM, FAT, Studio Egret West, ShedKM, dRMM, Duggan Morris, Morag Myerscough, Glenn Howells Architects, Mae, DRDH, Guy Hollaway, AMODELS, Coffey Architects, Dexter Moren, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, HLM Architects and RAAD Studio.

Each dolls’ house sits on a 750 x 750mm plinth and includes at least one unique feature to make life easier for a child with a disability.

The project was inspired by Edwin Lutyens’ 1924 dolls’ house for Queen Mary. More than 1,500 artists, designers and craftspeople contributed to Lutyen’s 4.5-tonne model, which the venerable architect described as ‘a flagship of endeavour to ease the nation’s woes’.

A Dolls’ House has been kindly sponsored by Bonhams, Alno, Marley Eternit,Greenberg Traurig Maher, Realise Creative, Development Securities, Butler & Young, Quatro PR, ING Media and Cadogan Tate, with the AJ as media partner.

The auction site is now live and bids for the dolls’ houses can be made via www.adollshouse.co.uk

A Dolls House by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

Source: Nina Sologubenko

A Dolls House by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

Previous story (AJ 30.05.2013)

Zaha, Rogers and Adjaye to design accessible dolls’ houses for children’s charity

Disability-aware dolls’ houses for the 21st century, designed by a gaggle of big-name architects, including Zaha Hadid and David Adjaye, are to be auctioned for charity this autumn.

Developer Cathedral Group has signed up a 20-strong squad of star UK architects to design the one-off miniature structures which are expected to contribute towards raising £100,000 for disabled children’s charity KIDS.

MAKE, AHMM, FAT, Egret West, ShedKM, dRMM, Duggan Morris, Morag Myerscough, Glenn Howells, Mae, DRDH, FCBS, Guy Hollaway, Amanda Levete, Phil Coffey, Amodels and HLM are all participating in the 11 November auction.

Cathedral Group creative director Martyn Evans said: ‘Three members of our staff have children with disabilities. One was recently helped by KIDS so we’re raising £100,000 for them and decided to work with architects on a project inspired by Edwin Lutyens’ 1924 dolls house for Queen Mary.’

More than 1,500 artists, designers and craftspeople contributed to Lutyen’s 4.5-tonne display, which the venerable architect described as ‘a flagship of endeavour to ease the nation’s woes’.

In the same spirit, Evans has challenged the 20 architects to work with their own artist, designer, and furniture-maker collaborators to make the end products ‘even more special’.

Each dolls house – suitable for a 750mm x 750mm plinth – will also include one unique feature to make life easier for a child with a disability. All contributions are to be designed and manufactured at the practices’ own cost.

The completed dolls houses will go on public display ahead of a fundraising dinner. Development Securities, Domus, Marley Eternit and Alno are backing the project with the AJ as media partner.

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