How much would you pay for a Hadid dolls' house?
Bidding is up to £9,000 for Hadid's model, as big-name architects build tiny houses to benefit a children's charity
Adjaye Associates, Zaha Hadid and the architectural firm FAT are all used to making scale models of the buildings they propose. However, their maquettes are usually built to satisfy clients, rather than the rough and tumble play associated with children (however aesthetically respectful one may bring them up to be). Nevertheless these practices and others have each produced a dolls house to aid the disability charity KIDS.
The project was inspired by Edwin Lutyens' 1922 Queen Mary Doll's House, originally created for the household, but also to showcase the period's finest architectural and technological developments.
While the models created for the KIDS project don't appear to have such demonstrative qualities, they do look like a lot of fun. Adjaye teamed up with his long-standing collaborator, the artist Chris Ofili; FAT has worked with Grayson Perry on its model, which looks quite a lot like Erno Goldfinger's Trellick Tower; while Studio Egret West worked with the artist Andrew Logan on its design.
The only stipulation the charity has made is that the models must "include at least one feature that makes life easier for a child with a disability."
While we can't quite make out all these features in the houses as they're featured online, we are impressed with the level of sophistication each presents. Parents with an architectural interest can bid online for the dolls houses here, or attend the Bonham's sale in London on November 11, when the final offers will be taken.
Find out more about this here, and if you like the idea of encouraging a nascent love of architecture in your kids, then consider our book, Architecture According to Pigeons, which serves as a perfect introduction for younger readers to the most beautiful buildings in the world.