What happens when architects are asked to design a space for a completely different client or user? Alaistair introduces us to the world of designing for animals.
Even simple spaces for animals are designed. Considerations include measures to prevent escape, to protect from other animals and people, to provide food and even entertainment. Mahatma Ghandi said, the “greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Design can help people get the most from animals, whether they are kept for food, for company, or for other reasons. Design can improve animals’ quality of life, in turn benefitting people. Modernist architect Hugo Haring famously designed a pear-shaped cowshed so cows could feed facing each other, their natural feeding pattern.
‘Architecture for Dogs’ is a project that invites world-renowned architects and designers to create environments for specific breeds of dogs.
Featured and listing image credit: ‘Architecture for long-bodied-short-legged dog’, by Atelier Bow-Wow for Dachshund Smooth,‘Architecture for Dogs’ project. Photograph, Hiroshi Yoda.
Atelier Bow – Wow’s design reflects the dog’s shape, size and flexibility, consisting of long thin ramps, with ample turning spaces. The structure cleverly elevates the dog almost to the eye-height of a seated human, enabling dog and owner to look into each other’s eyes. The structure can also be stacked, helping the Dachsund appreciate its surroundings from whole new heights.
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‘Architecture for Dogs’, invented by architects and designers, is an extremely sincere collection of architecture and a new medium, which make dogs and their people happy. There are currently 14 pieces of architecture.
Watch ‘Architecture for Dogs’ introductory video which introduces you to other designs by Toyo Ito, Kazuo Sejima, MVRDV and others for Beagles, Bichon Frise, Shiba, Labrador, Boston Terrier.
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Looking for more inspiration?
Architects across the globe have been re-thinking how we design spaces for our furry and feathered friends. Take a look at these other examples: