Barbie’s Green Home Has Solar Panels

If you think Barbie spends all day tooling around in her Chevy Malibu, lunching with the girls and getting her nails done, think again, as toy manufacturer Mattel’s new I Can Be… line of Barbie dolls now features an Architect Barbie. To celebrate, apparently, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) hosted a Barbie Dream House competition for its members, which was recently won by architects Ting Li and Maja Paklar.

The winning Barbie Dream Home design was the most popular of the entries submitted, topping out at 8,470 registered votes.  It features entertaining space and a chef’s open kitchen on the first floor, along with an office/library/meeting space. The third and fourth floors include Barbie’s bedroom (featuring, we presume, a whole lot of closet space), as well as her “inspiration room,” which Fast Company thinks of as a meditation room.

Barbie Dream House

image via AIA

Green features include solar panels, a rainwater harvesting system, operable shading devices, bamboo flooring, low flow toilet and sink fixtures, and locally sourced and manufactured materials and furnishings. The roof also has a green house and landscaped garden with an area perfect for Fido to romp.

Ms. Li and Ms. Paklar had this to say, in a joint statment: “We are very honored to have been chosen by AIA and Mattel as a finalist and as the public favorite – Barbie was both of ours’ favorite doll growing up in China and Croatia. We appreciate the versatility of our profession which allows us to express ourselves in a myriad of ways – from entirely built city environments to a Barbie Dream House. We hope to encourage more young female architects to flex their design muscles and just to have fun with architecture.”

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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