When British developer Cathedral Group invited 20 architects and designers to create their version of a 21st century dollhouse, the results -- including work by the likes of Zaha Hadid -- were stunning.
Each dollhouse was to include at least one feature that made life easier for a child with a disability, and that request seemed to inspire designers, who responded with Braille exteriors and free-flowing spaces.
The dollhouses were auctioned off this week at Bonhams in London and raised nearly $145,000 for Kids, a British charity supporting disabled children and their families.
Apart from Hadid, participating architects included Coffey, HLM, Guy Hollaway and James Ramsey of RAAD Studio.
The big bid in the Bonhams auction? It came for Hadid’s Puzzle House, an austere construction composed of pieces that can be disassembled and rebuilt in different configurations. It sold for 14,000 pounds, or about $22,500.