The focal point of the House of Doors is a large sculpture, created in response to Harriet Halhed's painting The Little Girl at The Door (1910). The sculpture explores issues of equality and access, referencing architectural details from significant sites to gender equality, including:
- University College London - which in 1878 became the first university in the UK to admit women on equal terms to men
- The Houses of Parliament - which in 1918, after a long battle led by the Suffragettes, granted women the right to vote
- White's Gentlemen's Club on St James' Street - one of the few, remaining institutions in the UK that continues to exclude all women
An immersive project – in its full form, the House of Doors reworks public sites into a private members' club. Membership to the House of Doors is open to everyone and visitors are invited to become MHDs (Members of the House of Doors). Through a range of spatial interventions and events, MHDs are invited to consider how society and the built environment has changed as a result of women’s suffrage and to propose ideas for how society may move towards greater equality. MHD’s contributions are recorded in the House of Doors’ core text The Book of Love & Legislation.
"The struggle between people and the spaces they are permitted to occupy emerged as the focus of the project – who or what determines where and how we may be, how our built environment is renegotiated as social values and policies change. The sculpture is at the very core of this."