A Dolls’ House

Yesterday we announced our project to sign up a 20-strong squad of star UK architects and designers to design a dolls’ house as part of our plan to raise £100,000 for disabled children’s charity KIDS.  Zaha Hadid, Rogers, Stirk, Harbour + Partners, David Adjaye, MAKE, AHMM, FAT (sketch above), Studio 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 project will will culminate in an auction event on 11th November in London.

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 display, which the venerable architect described as ‘a flagship of endeavour to ease the nation’s woes’. In the same spirit, we have challenged the 20 architects to work with their own artist, designer, and furniture-maker collaborators to make the end products even more special. Gavin Turk and Grayson Perry are two of the artists collaborating with the architects.

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

Sketch by Mae Architects

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