Those that have marvelled at Norman Foster's Gherkin or drooled over Tadao Ando's Glass Block House can now own the next best thing. The architects' models and artworks for these buildings are about to go under the hammer at London's La Galleria Pall Mall.
Built environment charity Article 25 has convinced the likes of Foster, Ando, Thomas Heatherwick, and Richard Rogers to donate models for some of their most celebrated projects (as well as sketches and fragments of the finished buildings), so you can change the landscape of your living room for a good cause.
Set to be auctioned on the 19th May, these works are joined by other pieces from artists, architects and designers including Langlands & Bell, Odile Decq, Albert France-Lanord and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer - what Article 25 calls the pinnacle of the 'art-chitectural' world. All proceeds will go towards the charity's work in post-disaster regions throughout the world.
Taking its name from the 25th Article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which shows that adequate shelter and housing are a fundamental human right, Article 25's mission is to construct schools, homes and health facilities for those in need.
The 'Objects of Change' exhibition and auction follows on from the success of their 'Art for Architecture' auction in 2009, for which they raised over £50,000 in one night, thanks to contributions from the likes of Tracey Emin and the Chapman brothers. It seems that having Norman Foster on board as a trustee certainly helps, when it comes to mobilising the great to do good.