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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.

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Architects auction fanciful dollhouses they designed for kids with disabilities

October 21, 2013

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.