• YEAR : 2014
  • LOCATION : Mumbai, India
  • CATEGORY : Residential

Spiral Dollhouse

The Spiral Dollhouse is a hybrid between a 1/6 scale version of an imaginary house, an architectural model, and a barbie doll diorama. You can view the three storied house and playe with it from all four sides.

The house is made in birch ply, teak wood, rose wood, acrylic and brass. The light fittings and furniture such as the tables, beds, kitchen, vanity, stools and a swing, including working miniature switches, were custom made.

Structurally the dollhouse is made of a central cross shaped core. The double wall hide the electrical conduits. We inserted openings in the walls of the main cruciform. The walls hold pocket doors that slide open and closed. Some doors are opaque. Others are made of translucent rice paper or timber slats that let light shine through. It was really important to consider the hand that would enter the little house to move the doll around.

The rooms are organised in a spiral. They turn around the central core, starting with a garage for the mini cooper and ending with a roof top pool terrace, creating a narrative for play. Voids in the floors and openings in the core encourage interaction and play in between the rooms, vertically, horizontally and diagonally.

Project Data

Project Name

Spiral Dollhouse


Mumbai, India






Innovation, Art, Spatial Experience, Light, Transparency



Pool terrace on top of the dollhouse

The library is built into the staircase

Section of Spiral Dollhouse
Section of Spiral Dollhouse