Architects and designers propose weird and wonderful dog houses to support pets in need

A new campaign by Pet Refuge called BarkHaus has invited Auckland-based designers and architects to come up with a dog house to raise some coin for pets in need. The three favourites will be chosen by the public, then transformed into full-sized kennels, before being exhibited at various “doggy open homes”, before being auctioned at a charity gala next month to raise funds for the  Twelve of Auckland’s top studios have entered the fray and the entries are worth a check.

The twelve entries, each on display at Ponsonby Central​, have been playful and clever. Typically, puns have run rife, with titles such as the ‘Dog Box’, the ‘Underdog’ and ‘Fur-niture’, filling the entry list. 

Although varied, many entries have shifted from the good ole tin kennel, into a more architectural and humanised approach to housing canines, which has seen “bespoke bar areas” and poolside kennels, a complete reimagining of the dog house. 

Some entries include, RTA studio who offers ‘Doggy Stylin’’, which apparently allows “your pooch to enjoy indoor / outdoor flow, functional space, and quality materials.” 

Another one, designed by RAD workshop, is a dynamic, faceted box of seven panels forming the master bedroom for its lucky canine.

While others have been more artistic, such as Bull O’Sullivan Architects, who conceptualised a kennel based off the strong hearing abilities of dogs.

The ‘Chilli House’ is perhaps the most lavish of the dog houses, though. In reference to Palm Springs, Jessop Architects have created more of a resort for its prospectively salacious pug. Some features include, but are not limited to, a stripey paddling pool, matching lounger and pouffe. While inside, the furry cretin will enjoy a warm home with soft bedding, and there’s even an option for bluetooth sounds.

Check out the rest of the BarkHaus design entries here

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