WHAT’S HOT: Architecture for Dogs by Kenya Hara

Kazuyo Sejima’s design for the Bichon Frise (photo: Hiroshi Yoda)

A few weeks ago we brought the you the brilliant Dog House Sofa by Korean designer Seungji Mun and it seems that the appetite for all things ‘dog’ shows no sign of slowing down in the design world. Japanese graphic designer and curator Kenya Hara just has launched Architecture for Dogs – a project bringing together a star-studded line-up of talented designers and architects from Europe, America and Japan to create 13 breed-specific DIY ‘Barkitecture’ designs for dogs.

‘Architecture for a Dachshund’ by Atelier Bow-Bow (photo: Hiroshi Yoda)

‘Papillon’ by Shigeru ban (photo: Hiroshi Yoda)

Now I’m not going to lie – some of these are slightly more on the ‘conceptual’ side (Chihuahua Cloud anyone?), however each design has been created with the breed’s build, temperament and health in mind and many of the creations focus on enhancing interaction between dog and owner. The ‘Wanmock’ designed by Torafu Architects for a Jack Russell Terrier uses a wooden frame resembling a human on all fours, over which a T-shirt (preferably the owner’s) is slipped to create a hammock for your pooch that smells of you. Hey presto!

‘Wanmock’ by Torafu Architects for a Jack Russell Terrier (Photo: Hiroshi Yoda)

Sou Fujimoto’s home for a boston terrier which doubles as storage (Photo: Hiroshi Yoda)

‘Beagle House’ by MVRDV

Plans for the Beagle House

The Architecture for Dogs concept which will debut at Design Miami next month is not only for design whizz’s. The project’s website which launches this Wednesday 15th November will provide detailed downloadable designs and video tutorials enabling owners to have a go at creating their own canine masterpiece……or at least try.

Kengo Kuma’s structure for a pug (photo: Hiroshi Yoda)

‘Mobile Home for Shiba’ by Toyo Ito (photo: Hiroshi Yoda)

‘Paramount’ by Konstantin Grcic (photo: Hiroshi Yoda)

‘Chihuahua cloud’ by Reiser + Umemoto (photo: Hiroshi Yoda)

Architecture for Dogs’ website goes live this Thursday 15th November architecturefordogs.com and the project will debut at Design Miami from the 5th-9th December.



Sara is the Founder & Editor of StyleTails. A writer, design-lover and long-time animal-hugger, Sara launched StyleTails in 2012 to inspire people live a more beautiful life with their four-legged friends. Along with her canine sidekick George, a rescue Yorkie with a big attitude, Sara regularly commentates on luxury pet product and lifestyle trends and has been featured in Elle Decoration, BBC Radio, and is also an expert contributor to WGSN, the leading design trend forecaster.

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