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 – Cathedral Group has asked 20 contemporary architects and designers, in collaboration with artists and other creatives, to design and build a dolls' house for the 21st Century. Each dolls' house will be designed to include at least one feature that makes life easier for a child with a disability.
The dolls' houses will be exhibited publicly at Bonhams in November 2013 and auctioned at a high profile evening event in support of KIDS.
The Architects' Journal is media sponsor for the project and both Quatro and ING Media will be publicising the project.
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. You can read more about them here.
Cathedral Group have pledged to raise £100,000 for KIDS to support their valuable work.
Our staff have all agreed to personal fundraising targets and we are working together as a team to raise the balance. Members of our team have run marathons, Tough Mudders, quiz nights, bake sales and cycled from John O'Groats to Lands End. We are already half way there.
The preview exhibition of A Dolls' House has been named by Building Design as one of the 10 best things to see at the London Design Festival. Confirmed architects so far who will be showcasing their unique creations are MAKE Architects, FAT, Studio Egret West, Coffey Architects and AMODELS. More to be announced shortly. Pop in to the brand new Domus showroom during the festival to see these beautiful and individual houses.
One of Britain's principal sculptural artists is on board with A Dolls' House. The sublime Andrew Logan will be collaborating with Studio Egret West to produce something quite special for their dolls' house. Logan has a flair for transforming real objects into new and different versions, mixing different medias and artistic values.
We are very excited to see the outcome of this collaboration.
The official launch of A Dolls’ House will take place at London Design Festival 2013. A selection of the 20 Dolls’ Houses will be on display at the new Domus West-One showroom on Eastcastle Street, London, W1 from Saturday 14th September until Saturday 21st September. The online auction will also be launched at an invitation only event on Wednesday 18th September.
We followed on from our very successful Miniature Preview with the official announcement of A Dollss House project by our media sponsor, The Architect's Journal in this week’s edition of the magazine.
We held an exclusive preview of some of the dolls’ houses during Clerkenwell Design week at the showroom of our partners Domus Tiles. The houses proved to be as unique as their designers with AModels revealing their first version of a quirky Elvis inspired gold tree house complete with swimming pool, while Coffey Architects unveiled a functional, yet beautifully built concrete creation. Studio Egret West unveiled their design concept of a transforming and modulating dolls' house.
The project is proving to offer those involved an opportunity to be radical, witty and immensely creative and we look forward to seeing what else we have in store from the 17 other practices involved.
We’ve been gathering some sketches from a few of the architects involved in A Dolls’ House to show at the upcoming Miniature Preview event during Clerkenwell Design Week. Here is a lovely sketch from FAT Architects of their Dolls’ House. More sneak peeks coming soon…
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