Make your puppy feel like an architect

Architecture for Dogs by Kenya Hara & world-class architects and designers

by Serena L. Rosato
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DESIGN_ We get really bored with conventional, sad and unappealing doghouses of our puppies. How many times have we wanted a better place for our dog, maybe matched with the interiors?

Architecture for Dogs, a new company founded by Kenya Hara in conjunction with Imprint Venture Lab, launched a new collection of sincere architectural structures developed in collaboration with world-class architects and designers, with the shared mission of bringing a new kind of joy to the relationship between dogs and humans. The project features breed-specific architectural structures designed by Shigeru BanMVRDVToyo ItoToyo ItoKonstantin Grcic,Kazuyo SejimaKengo Kuma, and Kenya Hara, among others.

 

 

 

Architecture for Dogs features a multi-tiered business strategy that incorporates cultural exhibitions, online interactivity, and the future integration of a traditional retail component. On www.architecturefordogs.com, anyone anywhere in the world is able to download free blueprints of each structure in the collection, each designed for a different breed of dog.

 

 

Participating designers include Kenya Hara (Teacup Poodle); Atelier Bow-Wow (Dachshund); Shigeru Ban (Papillion); Sou Fujimoto (Boston Terrier); Konstantin Grcic (Toy Poodle); Hara Design Institute, Haruka Misawa (Japanese Terrier); Toyo Ito (Shiba); Kengo Kuma (Pug); MVRDV (Beagle); Hiroshi Naito (Spitz); Reiser + Umemoto (Chihuahua); Kazuyo Sejima (Bichon Frise); and Torafu Architects (Jack Russell Terrier). The website is designed by Yugo Nakamura, the highly respected web and interactive designer for Uniqlo, MoMA’s Design and the Elastic Mind website, and Louis Vuitton, among many others.

Conceived years ago by Kenya Hara, Creative Director of MUJI, Architecture for Dogs is an innovative venture that blurs the lines between exhibition concept, commercial company, and crowd-sourced, interactive online project for the global community. In spring of 2013, flat-packed versions of each design in the collection was introduced, allowing visitors to www.architecturefordogs.com or retail outlets around the globe the opportunity to purchase ready-to-assemble versions of each design. 

 

 

When we first began discussing the Architecture for Dogs concept with Kenya Hara, we were immediately intrigued,” says Julia Y.C. Huang, Founder and CEO of Imprint Venture Lab, the business incubator behind Architecture for Dogs. “We of course have a great deal of respect for Hara’s work with MUJI as well as his academic and curatorial work, but the multi-pronged approach we were able to develop in conjunction with him – as well as the incredible roster of talent he brought on board – allowed us to help develop this concept into a start-up that’s unlike any we’ve ever seen.”


The thirteen designs in the Architecture for Dogs:
 

Designer: Kenya Hara | Title: D-Tunnel | Breed: Teacup Poodle


 

Designer: Atelier Bow-Wow | Title: Architecture for Long-bodied-short-legged Dog| Breed: Dachshund

 

 

Designer: Shigeru Ban | Title: Papier Papillon | Breed: Papillo

  

Designer: Sou Fujimoto | Title: No Dog, No Life! | Breed: Boston Terrier


 

 

Designer: Konstantin Grcic |Title: Paramount | Breed: Toy Poodle

 

Designer: Hara Design Institute, Haruka Misawa| Title: Pointed-T | Breed: Japanese Terrier

 

Designer: Toyo Ito | Title: Mobile Home for Shiba | Breed: Shiba


 

Designer: Kengo Kuma | Title: Mount Pug| Breed: Pug

 

Designer: MVRDV | Title: Beagle House Interactive Dog House | Breed: Beagle


 

Designer: Hiroshi Naito | Title: Dog Cooler | Breed: Spitz


 

Designer: Reiser + Umemoto | Title: Chihuahua Cloud | Breed: Chihuahua

 

 

Designer: Kazuyo Sejima | Title: Architecture for the Bichon Frise | Breed: Bichon Frise


 

Designer: Torafu Architects | Title: Wanmock | Breed: Jack Russell Terrier

Photo by © Hiroshi Yoda

 

 

 

ARCHITECTURE FOR DOGS Exhibition

TOTO Gallery・MA - Tokio

from Oct.25(Fri) to Dec 21(Sat).
More information
http://architecturefordogs.com/ja/exhibition/toto-gallery-ma/
http://www.toto.co.jp/gallerma/

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    • Serena L. Rosato

      Architect

      Bari / Italy

      Architetto per vocazione, web writer per diletto. Progetta spazi e costruisce idee giocando con pixel e inchiostro, occhi curiosi e delicata ironia. Attenta ai dettagli e distratta dalle novità, costantemente alla ricerca della bellezza delle cose. Dichiarata dipendenza da viaggi, musei e scarpe. ____________________________________________________________ Architect by vocation , web writer for pleasure. She designs and builds spaces ideas playing with ink and pixels, curious eyes and delicate irony . Vigilant to detail and distracted by the novelty , constantly in search of the beauty of things. Declared dependence on travel, museums and shoes .)

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