12 Amazing Cat Houses You Have to See to Believe

We’re used to seeing some pretty extravagant design concepts for pets, but these 12 cat houses by Architects for Animals really take the cake! The annual project brings together some of LA’s leading architects and designers for Giving Shelter, an initiative to raise awareness of the city’s enormous stray cat population, and to benefit FixNation, an organisation which provides free spay and neuter services for these homeless cats.

Giving Shelter challenges architects to design and build creative outdoor shelters, that will offer cats refuge from the elements. The works are displayed at a one-night event, then donated to organisations who work with homeless animals.

We particularly like the Cat-à-Tête, a brutalist-inspired cat shelter which provides a protected space for cats inside, with seating for humans on top. The piece is the result of a collaboration between Formation Association, Buro Happold and Arktura.

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Formation Association, Arktura, Buro Happold


Abramson Tieger Architects


WORD + Schmidt Designs


Callison RKTL


DSH Architecture




Knowhow Shop


Lehrer Architects


Perkins & Will


Pfeiffer Partners Architects


RNL Design

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Standard Architecture Design

Participating design firms this year include Standard Architecture | Design, DSH // Architecture, Formation Association with Buro Happold, HOK, Lehrer Architects, Perkins and Will, RNL, RTKL, and Knowhow Shop.

What do you think of the designs? Tell us which firm created your favourite in the comments below! 

*Images: Meghan bob Photography

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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