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Top Auckland architects create designer dog kennels for charity

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Snoopy might want to upgrade his iconic red kennel after seeing these designer dog homes 

“Doggy Stylin'” by RTA Studio

Man’s best friend just landed himself some new digs. Twelve of Auckland’s top architects have swapped human houses for dog homes in a bid to take out Bark Haus’ designer kennel competition.

“If there are two things the people of Ponsonby are passionate about – apart from coffee – it’s their homes and their dogs,” BarkHaus creator John Williams says. “So why not bring the two together into a fun event, with the proceeds going to charity?”

“Chilli Dog” by Jessop Architects

Of the twelve designs, the top three as voted by the public will be built to full size. These will then be available for “doggy open homes” before being auctioned off at a gala charity event supporting Pet Refuge.

Needless to say, the competition has really caught the architect’s imaginations. From cabana-esque retreats to sculptural pieces to structures with a bar area attached (so man can relax with man’s best friend), these designer kennels are anything but ordinary.

For many, it was their own office dogs that provided the muse for these architectural pup retreats. DAA‘s pooch Shadow, “who is an integral member of the team,” is at the office every day says, Emma-Jane Hetherington. “So it was a given that we would participate.”

‘The Pup Tent’ by Dorrington Atcheson Architects

Their design, The Pup Tent, consists of an aluminium faceted form with a plywood base. Emma says, “no matter how much we love them, dogs are still a little dirty and stinky at times, so we wanted to ensure our design had good airflow and was easy to clean and maintain, it had to be practical as well as attractive to look at.”

Practicality and style were also high on Matter Architects’ list of qualities for their kennel.

‘Dog Box’ by Matter Architects

Dog Box‘, is sculptural and dynamic. Designed to be used from any orientation, its construction and materiality lend it to both indoor and outdoor use (be it a bench in the garden or a coffee table indoors).

Adam Locke from Matter Architects says, “pets occupy an important position in our lives, so we wanted to design a piece that encourages shared experience between the pet and the owner.”

Scroll down to see all the kennel designs, and click here to place your vote before the competition closes on October 7.


Words by: Bea Taylor

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