Innovative Dollhouses Built by the World’s Best Architects and Designers

World famous architect Edwin Lutyens designed a stunning dollhouse for Queen Mary in the 1920s. The creation inspired UK property developers Cathedral Group to ask 20 contemporary architects and designers (in collaboration with artists and other creatives) to build a dolls’ house suitable for the 21st century. There was one other caveat: each design had to include at least one feature that would cater to children with disabilities. Bonhams will be exhibiting the finished works and hosting an auction, which is already taking place online. All proceeds support UK charity KIDS, which aids disabled young people and their families. We’ve selected several of our favorite designs, all stylish, innovative, and imaginative. Be sure to visit the auction page for more and to learn about this great cause — which we first learned about from Lost at E Minor.


Coffey Architects

Inside Out is an inclusive dolls’ house for all children whatever their needs and abilities. One element is a concrete house with a bonsai tree and herb garden which sits outside. The second, a series of elements that are individual oak rooms, hollowed out in bright colours that can be inserted into the house. It is fun for children and encourages outdoor play and most importantly raises a critical housing issue for families with disabled children.”