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

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Disability-aware dolls’ houses for the 21st century, designed by a gaggle of big-name architects, including Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers 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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