Now this has got to be something you have never pondered…unless you happen to be a trained architect with a passionate relationship with your dog and just couldn’t resist creating a hip “doggy mansion” for him/her.  I happen to have read an article recently in

the New York Times Style Magazine which posed the question: “Do dogs needs designer digs?” and my curiosity was definitely peeked.  As a connoisseur of the best in architecture this was definitely a question that begged answering.


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Papillon Structure by Shigeru Ban


Well, the answer to this curious question is all spelled out for you by a wonderful new company created by Kenya Hara, the Japanese art director and designer (check out  Muji.com) and it is called Architecture for Dogs.  Hara commissioned 11 successful architects and designers to create breed specific “dog dwellings/environments.”  He also designed one himself for the tea cup poodle (see picture below.)


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Left: Dachshund Structure by Atelier Bow Wow/ Right: Teacup Poodle Structure by Kenya Hara


The breeds selected are for the most part small to medium in size, but this is in no way meant that these structures/ designs imply exclusion of larger dogs or mutts. The object was more to give the amateur “barkitect” some orientation in “dog design.”  I think when you look at the different canine creations you will see how closely the final results reflect on the way the breed looks and on the distinctive habits of the breed.


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Kazuyo Sejima of SANAA’s structure for a Bichon Frise


Here is the best part:  All of the plans for construction for the “dog dwellings” can be downloaded right off the web on architecturefordogs.com.  So if you are handy or have a good friend that has talent with a hammer and some nails…or feel like hiring your favorite  contractor…you can recreate just about any of the designs for your favorite pooch.


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Reiser + Umemoto outfit for a Chihuahua…who love to burrow.


Although all of the doggie designs originated with talented architects,  Hara really wants to inspire you to create these unique pet environments by yourself. That is the reason why the web site provides very simple directions and easy to follow videos you can quickly download off of the web site for inspiration.


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Toyo Ito’s Structure for a Shiba


I think these are really the cat’s meow…oops the bark of the dog!  They are clever and sophisticated and full of interesting architecture/barckitecture detailing.  AND these playful dwellings need not necessarily be outside retreats for our furry friends.  They are chic enough to be happily ensconced inside in the doggy playroom or wherever you think your “best friend” would love to hang out.

So, I wonder if these ‘lucky dogs’ could use the help of a top notch interior designer? Hmmmm…


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Ciao, ciao ’til next time!