It's OK to Admit You Want to Live in Architect Barbie's Mansion

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Did you know Barbie's had over 120 careers since 1959? Along with dabbling in computer engineering, she's also planning a big move into architecture this fall—but obviously she'll need an eco-friendly cantilever mansion to call her own.

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Like England's Balancing Barn, Barbie's four-storey dream mansion (which is being manufactured by Mattel to coincide with the new Barbie's launch later this year) is designed to balance off a steep incline (maybe the Malibu hills?)

While Mattel will sell Architect Barbie's Dream House, it was actually designed by Ting Li and Maja Parklar for a competition to crowdsource the perfect design. And while it's Barbie-pink, it appears to have all the hallmarks of good architecture. It even includes a meditating room, if Barbie has enough time in her diary between lunching with Ken and cocktails with the girls.

As you will have clocked, Barbie's developed quite an eye for the environment, even if her own lineage isn't so eco-friendly. While it's only a miniature plastic palace, it's been designed to USGBC standards, with a green roof, solar panels and bamboo floors. Plus there's plenty of outdoor space for Barbie's pet giraffe, seemingly. [Architect Barbie competition via Inhabitat]

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DISCUSSION

electricarchie
electricarchie

You want your kid to be an architect? Don't buy them this. Get them a set or two of maple blocks. They will use their imagination and dream up whole worlds to build and have fun doing it. Legos work too, but as long as they're not part of some campy, pre-determined set. Just get the big tub-o-stuff and let them go nuts.