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lifschutz 1 When architects get their hands on dollhouses

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The designers call this 8-foot-tall dollhouse a "miniature domestic world." It's meant for collaborative play, with each child controlling one or more rooms, stacking them (or not) as desired.

Architects auction fanciful dollhouses they designed for kids with disabilities

In real life, you're never going to be able to afford a multigazillion-dollar home designed by world-famous architect Zaha Hadid (she of the crazy spaceship house designed for supermodel Naomi Campbell). But if you scale down your ambitions a bit, you might just be able to scrape together enough pennies to bid on a dollhouse designed by Hadid or one of her peers.

An auction of these famous designers' dollhouses will benefit KIDS, a British charity for children with disabilities. Each dollhouse is supposed to contain a feature that makes life easier for a child with a disability (though some designers have interpreted that rather loosely). To give you an idea of the dollhouses' size, each can sit on a base of about 30 by 30 inches.

The auction, organized by the British developers Cathedral Group, runs online till Nov. 11, ending later that evening with an event in London. | By Jennifer Karmon, Yahoo Homes

Click here to see video of a couple of the designs -- the inflatable "dollhouse" sanctuary and the musical dollhouse -- on Yahoo Homes' Spaces blog.