Architecture-with-a-capital-A isn’t always regarded as one of the more playful creative fields, but give the pros a good cause and they just might surprise you. London-based developers Cathedral Group enlisted the star-studded talents of 20 top UK architects and firms to make a custom dollhouse for an upcoming auction benefiting Kids, a charity dedicated to kids with disabilities and their families.
The results are an interesting mix of concept and practice. Well-intentioned design thinking and problem solving—how to address realities such as hearing and vision impairment and autism—is combined with more whimsical touches and artistic flourishes that make for a pretty wide range of styles. Some seem like they’re ready for some rough and tumble action at the tiny, curious hands of a lucky little one, while others definitely look like they were made for display only; and with prices currently hovering around £1,000 to £2,000, it’s likely most these won’t end up crammed in a closet or forgotten in an oversized toy chest anytime soon.
If you’re so inclined, online bidding is available through noon GMT on Monday, November 11th. Whether you’ll be able to snag one for less than this $33,000 miniaturized backyard creamery? Only time, and the bidding gods, will tell. [Archinect]