Architecture’s Gone to the Dogs

December 20, 2008 at 3:01 am 4 comments

A while back we posted about some nifty dog houses we’d found on the net. Far enough back  that it seemed like time for an update.  Today we’re posting about dog houses that push the limits:

In the ‘Most Whimsical” category, the winner is Tranh Pham’s Vernacular Dogitecture from the Oakland Museum’s 1999 Dog Haus:
Architecture Unleased exhibit:


Love the grass roof and wine bottle windows. This cosy canine cottage is completely captivating.

The ‘Coolest Green Dog House’ category goes to the ‘Nesting Dog’ House designed by William Pederson of the firm of Kohn, Pederson and Fox. We *heart* that it features a green roof designed for basking — not just for show.

Last month Architecture Week recognized a new facility designed for the Melboure RSPCA in their Aussie Architecture Awards. It gets our ‘Best Philanthropic Project’ award:


It consists of five two-story wings oriented east-west, each with 40 kennels. The configuration provides each dog access to daylight and outdoor views and minimizes visual and olfactory connections with other dogs, reducing the dogs’ stress and resultant barking. Black-and-white corrugated iron cladding and playfully landscaped courtyards provide visual stimulation for the dogs.

The design ensures passive solar gain and adequate shading. Underfloor heating and a passive cooling system, including thermal chimneys, “shower” (cooling) towers, wind scoops, and Venturi caps, provide efficient heating, cooling, and ventilation, with a high rate of air exchange.

Safe, green, comfortable, low-stress housing for homeless dogs — it’s a very good thing.

Our ‘Harmlessly Silly Roadside Attraction’ award goes to the Dog Bark Park Inn Bed and Breakfast in Cottonwood, Idaho.  Shaped like an enormous beagle, it provides a surprisingly quiet place to spend a night — and mannerly pets are welcome.


Hands down winner in the ‘Obscene Conspicuous Consumption’ category is this $400,000 (no, that’s not a typo) kennel being built at an exclusive estate near Cirencester in Gloucestershire, England. 


According to The Mail on Sunday:

Inside, the dogs will sleep on sheepskin-lined, temperature-controlled beds, soothe their aches in an 18in-deep spa, howl along to a £150,000 sound system and watch dog-friendly programmes on a 52-inch plasma TV.

Automatic dispensers will ensure that chilled, filtered water and deluxe dry food are always available.

The two dogs will each have a bedroom with large windows which overlook their own private playground. ‘Dog-vision’ webcams allow their owner to monitor their activity 24 hours a day, while climate control ensures they are kept warm.


There will be a sophisticated retina scanner installed at the front door to stop any other dogs getting in – something the Great Danes may view as a bit of a party pooper.

Plans for the kennel, and for an adjoining house for the dogs’ mistress, have been approved and building work is to begin at the Lower Mill Estate in the spring.

This dog house mansion estate palace may look like nothing more than a crass celebration of excessive materialism – but – the design includes an underground heat pump, geothermal heating and solar and wind power systems that provide more energy than it uses.


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  • 2. Jennifer  |  December 20, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Thanks for the rss feed tips on my farm blog. Duh, it appears as if I actually neglected to allow feeds on the setup…I was not even aware. Thanks for getting me to the correct place!

    Cute thatch roof for the dogs btw!

  • 3. Audie's Gramma  |  December 20, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    I find the Melbourne RSPCA building to be depressing, cold, sterile, industrial, dehumanizing, imposing — worse than the cinderblock Bauhaus dormitories at graduate school. Its imposing walls and concrete surround Just Say No to the environment outside, while attempting to deny that dogs live there to that same environment.

    The choice to go with two stories is a terrible one for a kennel of any kind, much less a shelter kennel. The workers will be fighting this mistake every day.

    And I don’t think this building is going to age well. In ten years it will be generally acknowledged urban blight.

    More images here:

    Blech. Save us from “award winning” architecture.

  • 4. Melissa B.  |  December 20, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Greetings & Salutations, you Superior Scribbler, you! Melissa B. here, The Scholastic Scribe, & the “Original” Superior Scribbler! 2 things on my mind today: I’ve been nominated for a pretty prestigious blog award, and would greatly appreciate your vote; so if you click on over to my place, you’ll see the info. It’s an annual award from EduBlog, and I’m up for Best Individual Blog. And also, don’t forget to come by tomorrow for the Silly Sunday Sweepstakes. Thanks for your support!

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