Monday, 4 November 2013

Dollshouses designed by Zaha Hadid, Grayson Perry, Adjaye Associates and more

Look – a dollshouse designed by Grayson Perry! This tiny abode is one of 20, built by some of the world's best architects in collaboration with designers and artists.

The houses are part of a charity auction to raise money for the children's charity, KIDS. Alas, I'll not be bidding in the auction as prices are already between £1,000 and £10,500. But these miniatures are now on display to the public at Bonham's London, where the auction takes place next week on 11 November – and it's free to look.

The inspiration behind the auction was the dolls' house that Edwin Lutyens designed for The British Empire Exhibition in 1922. Each of the miniature homes has been carefully designed to include at least one feature that makes life easier for a child with a disability.

The dollshouse above, named Tower of Fable, is the work of Fat Architecture, in collaboration with Grayson Perry. It is a remade version of Erno Goldfinger's Balfron Tower: "Brutalism here is revealed as exciting as a country cottage," say the designers.

This one, Jack in a Box, is by architect Guy Holloway, in collaboration with Hemingway Design. "It makes the imaginary reality," explains Holloway. "The child is confronted by a simple box. When switched on, the inflatable structure inside begins to fill with air powered by an integrated fan. The child can live within their fantasy, becoming 'Alice'."

Below: design by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, RIBA award-winning architects



Below: this one is by Coffey Architects, winner of Young Architect of the Year 2012 award.

Below: design by Dexter Moren Associates.

Below: HLM Architects, in collaboration with JuJu Ross Design and A&J Hilliard Cabinet Makers.

Below: love the colours in this sparse design by Duggan Morris Architects in collaboration with Unit 22 Modelmakers.

Below: multi-award winning architects, Glenn Howells, designed this clean cross-section of a house that could (if you were very skilled) have been made from a few Ikea mini Moppe drawers.

Below: from a fun perspective, this one has to be number one: it's like the sorts of fantasy dwellings I used to spend hours drawing as a kid. All sorts of nooks and crannies, great colours, luminous figurines... what's not to love? It was created by Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan, in collaboration with artists Ishbel Myerscough, Chantal Joffe and poet Lemn Sissay.

Below: you can rely on Zaha Hadid to go totally off-piste. This Barbara Hepworth-esque sculpted piece is currently topping the bidding list at over £10,000.



All the profits from the auction are to be donated to KIDS, which supports young people with disabilities and their families. See all the other designs and read about them all here.

Post by Kate

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