Architects Design Barbie’s Malibu Dream Home

Architect Barbie with the winning dream home plansBarbie's new dream home, as designed by two architects who won a competition, is spacious, eco-friendly, and on the beach (naturally). Image: AIA/Mattel

Barbie is working as an architect these days (it’s her 126th career), and living in a beach-front home in Malibu, Calif. At least that’s what two architects dreamed up to win the AIA Barbie Dream House competition.

Barbie is working as an architect these days (it’s her 126th career), and living in a beach-front home in Malibu, Calif. At least that’s what two architects dreamed up to win the AIA Barbie® Dream House competition.

And what a dream it is! Right down to its pink tones. Winners Ting Li and Maja Paklar designed it with the earth in mind, too. It’s much more sustainable than the hot pink plastic Barbie townhouse you and I shelled out more than $100 for.

There’s a greenhouse and roof garden (her pets love it up there), solar panels, shading devices to take advantage of passive solar heat, bamboo flooring, and low-flow toilet and sink fixtures. The imaginary house was even built with locally sourced and manufactured materials and furnishings.

The first floor has space to entertain Ken and friends, a chef’s open kitchen, and an office space. A second floor terrace separates Barbie’s third-floor private bedroom and inspiration room, where she goes to get inspired about architecture, from the public spaces.

But if you’d like to build the imaginary home in the real world, you’ll need permission from the architects and Barbie’s manufacturer, Mattel, who jointly own the plans.

Dream home aside, what remodeling project would Barbie most want to do if she lived in the typical American home? One of the winners, Ting Li, answered, “If she had a flat roof, she’d put up a rooftop solarium she could enjoy in all seasons or a roof garden where she could grow vegetables.”