Skip to content

Zaha Hadid Architects

Your Starred Items

Archive Search
Your Starred Items


"A Dolls' House", in support of KIDS

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) are proud to join Cathedral Group and other partners to create ‘A Dolls’ House’ in support of KIDS, a UK charity supporting disabled children, young people and their families.

An interpretation of ZHA’s Ideal House pavilion (a 2007 commission for the German Design Council that explored new concepts and spaces for living) the Dolls’ House design is ZHA’s take on that most traditional of toys.

The doll’s house design is a puzzle where six interlocking elements, reminiscent of rooms, stack together to create a singular, unified house. A continuous void travels through the assembled house to create a common space shared by every element and defining circulation from one room to the other.

Offering many possibilities to play and experiment, the doll’s house can be considered a puzzle – to be assembled as a compact box. Alternatively, children can experiment with alternative combinations to create an endless variety of unique compositions. Elements can also be rotated to match their shapes embedded within the doll’s house garden.

The design encourages a continual re-evaluation of composition and form. The pieces can be assembled and dismantled in many combinations, to be reassessed with each new combination – the voids interpreted as new and unique rooms or courtyards for dolls to inhabit.

Online bidding for the ZHA Dolls’ House, together with the innovative designs by other participating practices, is launched on 18 September, before they are auctioned by Bonhams in November 2013.