On the 11 November 2013, 20 of the world’s best contemporary architects and designers will present their version of A Dolls’ House in an exhibition and auction at Bonhams in aid of KIDS. The project has been curated by Cathedral Group, an innovative and forward-thinking property developer and is inspired by the Dolls’ House that Edwin Lutyens designed for The British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1922 – using a very traditional children’s toy to display the very best of modern British architecture, craftsmanship, art and interior design.
FAT worked with artist Grayson Perry on its entry, which takes the iconic form of Erno Goldfinger’s Trellick Tower building and adds an assortment of colourful openings.
London studio Guy Hollaway Architects based its design on a jack-in-a-box toy, creating a simple house with an inflatable pavilion concealed inside.
Architectural modelmakers AModels and designers Morag Myerscough andLuke Morgan also took part. Their entries included a treehouse filled with models of Elvis and a house on stilts above a coral reef.
This must be the place is an interpretation of the Ideal House pavilion commissioned in 2007, the Zaha Hadid Architects doll’s house is a puzzle offering many possibilities to play and experiment in creating endless variety of unique compositions.
Participating architects and designers include: Adjaye Associates, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, AMODELS, Coffey Architects, Dexter Moren, DRDH Architects, dRMM, Duggan Morris Architects, FAT Architecture, Glenn Howells Architects, Guy Hollaway Architects, HLM Architects, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, mae, Make Architects, Morag Myerscough & Luke Morgan, James Ramsey RAAD Studio with Lara Apponyi, shedkm, Studio Egret West and Zaha Hadid Architects.
Cathedral Group has pledged to raise £100,000 for KIDS to support their valuable work. KIDS is a UK charity supporting disabled children, young people and their families. They run home learning programmes, specialist nurseries and crèches, short-break programmes for disabled children and a series of inclusive adventure playgrounds. They offer a wide variety of services to parents of children with disabilities and programmes for siblings of disabled children and young carers. +info
all images courtesy of CATHEDRAL GROUP