‘clementine house’ by TDO architecture
all images courtesy TDO architecture
most doll’s houses are adapted versions of real buildings, which become
compromised as a result of reduction. when UK TDO architecture were
asked by wallpaper* to design a contemporary doll’s house, they re-approached
the design by understanding the parameters of what makes both a functional
doll’s house and an imagined full scale proposition.
TDO were asked to consider the villa savoye as their starting point. as doll’s
houses are played with from the front tdo identified that the modernist ‘free plan’
needed to be converted to a ‘free section’ to allow for interaction with all areas.
for this reason tdo designed the house vertically. efficient floor plates borrow space
from a shared central volume. this allows light to flood through the core of the building
and gives deep cross level views.
for ‘clementine house’ ramps traverse the internal surface of the facade and form
the building’s lattice structure. when the facade is opened the ramps pivot out of the way
revealing a workable miniature building and a concept for designing buildings volumetrically.
when closed the doll’s house is a piece of furniture. a lamp glowing quietly in the corner,
the translucent facade hinting at the fun within.
TDO architecture is a collaboration between graduates of the royal college of art and the bartlett school of architecture in london.