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The Giant Dolls' House Project

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As part of the London Festival of Architecture we are hosting the Giant Dolls' House Project. Architects and children will create individual 'rooms' in a shoebox. Put together the final installation will create a fantastical 'Giant Dolls' House' exploring domestic space for children and adults alike, reflecting the dreams, hopes, whims and ideas of its creators.  

The project aims to raise awareness of homelessness and the importance and concept of housing. It is also a fundraising activity for the homeless charity Shelter, it costs £1 to enter a 'room'. To get involved and learn more about the project please contact shoebox4shelter@gmail.com. 

The Team

The Giant Dolls' House project is the brainchild of Architect Catja de Haas and came from her exhibition at TESTBED1 in October 2014. Catja works as a sole practitioner, she completed her PhD in Design at the Bartlett, focussing her thesis on architecture, domesticity and miniature. She has exhibited and presented her work and is a visiting critic at schools of architecture in the UK and the Netherlands. She gained her MA in 'Housing and Urbanism" at the Architectural Association and worked with Will Alsop and Itsuko Hasegawa.

Lala Thorpe is the director of Artescape: an independently run company that provides a programme of practical and creative workshops that encourage children to explore their own ideas through a wide range of materials and techniques. She recently completed an MA in Arts Education and Contemporary Practice at Goldsmiths College and delivers workshops in museums, schools and galleries across London. 


Application form for the Giant Dolls House Project