This morning, I heard an interview on the radio about a company Creative Room who, in coöperation with Vancouver Special is sponsoring a charity auction of non-traditional gingerbread houses. To quote their web site:
Hidden behind a thin veneer of jujubes and smarties, the ubiquitous form of the gingerbread house has stood unchallenged for too long! The malignant plague of cookie-cutter housing which fouls suburbia cannot be invited into our homes this holiday season. No longer representative of our modern lives, held in place by no more than icing and a repressing layer of nostalgia, the conventional gingerbread house must make way for the gingerbread house of today!
Creative Room and Vancouver Special are challenging Vancouver’s best architects and designers to rethink the gingerbread house in a form more fitting for our modern life: to reinterpret the gingerbread house within a modern context.
Houses are to be judged by a panel chosen from Vancouver’s pre-eminent architects, designers, and artists. Entries will be made from edible materials, constructed at a scale to fit within an 16” cube, and displayed at Vancouver Special. The winning entry will be feted loudly bringing (more) fame and fortune to its illustrious designers. Entries will be auctioned off such that they may grace the living rooms of a select few Vancouver homes this holiday season. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Pivot Legal Society.
While I don’t have the funds or space to house such a beautiful and tasty creation, I thought a few would be worth showing here. Go to the auction if you want to see more pics of them. Some are pretty spectacular, like this modern ‘laneway’ house (part of the Vancouver densification plan), and a recreation of the Moon monolith scene from 2001 a Space Odyssey: