An interpretation of ZHA’s Ideal House pavilion (a 2007 commission for the German Design Council that explored new concepts and spaces for living) the Dolls’ House design is ZHA’s take on that most traditional of toys.
The doll’s house design is a puzzle where six interlocking elements, reminiscent of rooms, stack together to create a singular, unified house. A continuous void travels through the assembled house to create a common space shared by every element and defining circulation from one room to the other.
Offering many possibilities to play and experiment, the doll’s house can be considered a puzzle – to be assembled as a compact box. Alternatively, children can experiment with alternative combinations to create an endless variety of unique compositions. Elements can also be rotated to match their shapes embedded within the doll’s house garden.
The design encourages a continual re-evaluation of composition and form. The pieces can be assembled and dismantled in many combinations, to be reassessed with each new combination – the voids interpreted as new and unique rooms or courtyards for dolls to inhabit.