Gone are the days when a dolls’ house for a young child might consist of a a shoe box and an empty cotton reel for your toy to sit on.
Usually tasked with designing buildings that are skyline defining, 20 of the world’s top architects and designers have been given a slightly smaller brief: To design a dolls’ house for Kids.
The only restraints were that each dolls’ house must fit onto a 750mm x 750mm plot, and include a unique feature or element to make life easier for a child with a disability. Creative licence then set in with each interpreting the brief in whichever way they saw fit.
All entries are absolutely fantastic in their own way but here are just some of my favourites. You can view them all here.
Duggan Morris Architects
James Ramsey Raad Studio
Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
Zaha Hadid Architects
There is so much detail included in each, proving that architects are more than capable working at the smaller end of the scale as well as the larger.
This whole competition was inspired by Sir Edwin Lutyens‘ hugely extravagant dolls’ house created for Queen Mary in 1924, albeit these entries are somewhat pared back in comparison. Lutyens’ 4 and half tonne model featured the input of over 1500 designers, accurate furniture replicas from Windsor Castle, working lifts and running water through an intricate pipe network! Quite staggering, even by today’s standards.
Visit www.adollshouseinfo.co.uk to view all the entries in more detail and vote for your favourite.