Cathedral Group, the development company behind The Old Vinyl Factory, has undertaken a superb initiative in aid of the UK charity KIDS which supports disabled children, young people and their families. A Dolls’ House is an engaging project in which 20 top UK architects and designers were invited to create a working dolls’ house for auction in an effort to raise £100,000 for KIDS. Bidding has already commenced online and an official auction will be held on 11 November at Bonhams, London. Click here to view all 20 designs.
The brief stipulated that the dolls’ houses include at least one design element to make life easier for a child with a disability. The architects and designers were given creative license to interpret this brief any way they saw fit, as long as the finished product sat on a 750mm x 750mm plinth, and were able to collaborate with an artist or furniture designer of their choosing for the interior spaces.
Each of the architects involved has tackled the brief in a different way, for example, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands has created a colourful tower with a series of small rooms which are ‘stacked by children with learning disabilities and sensory impairments’, with the rooms reacting to movement and touch designed with children with sight and dual sensory loss in mind.
In comparison, mae have designed their red and blue dolls’ house to be taken apart and reconstructed by a disabled child. Working with engineers at Buro Happold, the team has created a series of panels of differing textures and densities that stimulate the senses and enable a child to build a house of their own. mae explains: “It engages the senses and allows kids to stick and stack walls, floors, roofs to form a simple house, a complex house, many houses or a very big house.”
The competition was inspired by the extravagant 4.5-tonne dolls’ house that Sir Edwin Lutyens made for Queen Mary in 1924. Over 1,500 designers, artists and expert craftspeople contributed their talents to the immense construction which featured running water through a minute network of pipes and 1/12 replicas of furniture at Windsor Castle.
The teams involved in A Dolls’ House are:
ADJAYE ASSOCIATES in collaboration with Base Models and artist Chris Ofili
ALLFORD HALL MONAGHAN MORRIS
DEXTER MOREN ASSOCIATES
DRDH ARCHITECTS in collaboration with Norwegian artist Anne Katrine Dolven
DRMM in collaboration with Richard Woods Studio and Grymsdyke Farm
DUGGAN MORRIS ARCHITECTS in collaboration with Unit 22 Modelmakers
FAT ARCHITECTURE in collaboration with artist Grayson Perry
GUY HOLLAWAY in collaboration with Hemingway Design
HLM ARCHITECTS in collaboration with JuJu Ross Design/ A&J Hilliard Cabinet Makers
JAMES RAMSEY RAAD STUDIO in collaboration with artist Lara Apponyi
LIFSCHUTZ DAVIDSON SANDILANDS in collaboration with Azur-MGM Modelmakers
MAE in collaboration with MAKLab and Burro Happold
MORAG MYERSCOUGH AND LUKE MORGAN in collaboration with artists Ishbel Myerscough, Chantal Joffe and poet Lemn Sissay
SHEDKM in collaboration with artist James Ireland
STUDIO EGRET WEST in collaboration with artist Andrew Logan
ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS