Architects use design skills to aid children’s charity

Dolls House designed for charitry by HLM Architects of Sheffield.'Inspired by the dolls' house that Edwin Lutyens designed for The British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1922 ' using a very traditional children's toy to display the very best of modern British architecture, craftsmanship, art and interior design ' Cathedral Group has asked 20 contemporary architects and designers, in collaboration with artists and other creatives, to design and build a dolls' house for the 21st Century. Each dolls' house will be designed to include at least one feature that makes life easier for a child with a disability. The dolls' houses will be exhibited publicly at Bonhams in November 2013 and auctioned at a high profile evening event in support of KIDS.The Architects' Journal is media sponsor for the project and both Quatro and ING Media will be publicising the project.
Dolls House designed for charitry by HLM Architects of Sheffield.'Inspired by the dolls' house that Edwin Lutyens designed for The British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1922 ' using a very traditional children's toy to display the very best of modern British architecture, craftsmanship, art and interior design ' Cathedral Group has asked 20 contemporary architects and designers, in collaboration with artists and other creatives, to design and build a dolls' house for the 21st Century. Each dolls' house will be designed to include at least one feature that makes life easier for a child with a disability. The dolls' houses will be exhibited publicly at Bonhams in November 2013 and auctioned at a high profile evening event in support of KIDS.The Architects' Journal is media sponsor for the project and both Quatro and ING Media will be publicising the project.
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Architectural firm HLM has used its design skills to aid a charity that supports children with disabilities.

The Sheffield firm is one of 20 practices invited by London-based developer the Cathedral Group to design a dolls house to be auctioned by Bonhams to raise funds for the charity KIDS.

HLM was part of a team including Juju Ross Design, Alan & Jason Hilliard Cabinet Makers and AJD Foundries, who worked together to the Cathedral Group’s brief to design and build a dolls house for the 21st century.

The dolls house had to include at least one feature that would make life easier for a child with a disability.

HLM developed the idea to produce an interactive piece of furniture, aimed at children with visual impairment.

Project leader Jeremy Pickard said: “We’re delighted to be taking part in this event that will hopefully raise £100,000 for KIDS.

“We have worked with some great people and would like to thank everyone in our team for their time and considerable effort.”

A number of artists also worked with the architects on the project, among them Gavin Turk and Grayson Perry

The 20 dolls houses were auctioned for charity after they were exhibited at various locations across London.

The fund-raising project was inspired by the dolls house designed by the famous British architect Edwin Lutyens in 1924 for Queen Mary.

More than 1,500 artists, designers and craftspeople contributed to Lutyens’ 4.5-tonne display.