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Competition: BowWow Haus London

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An animal charity and an arts organisation have launched a competition to create bespoke dog kennels, to be auctioned for charity

The Blue Cross together with Florida-based Outdoor Arts Foundation are inviting architects, designers and artists to design and build ‘one-off, unique’ kennels for the BowWow Haus London event.

Selected structures will be exhibited in prominent London locations, such as St Pancras International station, from January to May 2018 before being auctioned at a gala event to raise money for the pet charity which treats thousands of unwanted, unwell or injured pets every year.

‘It is completely free to take part,’ says the brief. ‘We ask only that you cover the costs associated with designing and building your kennel and transporting it to London for public display. All designers will also be asked to provide a sketch of their kennel to be used for publicity and marketing purposes.

‘Your kennel will be publicly displayed in London and viewed by hundreds of thousands of people both living in and visiting the capital. You will help raise much-needed funds for two not-for-profit organisations dedicated to providing forever homes for pets and providing unique art-in-public-places installations. Each architectural firm, company, artist, builder, designer and celebrity will be listed with contact information on a decorative plaque in front of the kennel they designed.’

Outdoor Arts Foundation hosted a similar exhibition, BowWow Haus Tampa Bay, 15 years ago.

Participating UK practices  confirmed for the latest project include Interrobang, Green Tea Architects, Russian For Fish, WHAT Architecture and Chris Dyson Architects.

Submitted proposals include a poured concrete Mies Van der Rohe-influenced kennel, the Bark-alona Pavilion (pictured above), featuring a reflecting pool and curved bed by Design Haus Liberty.

Studio founder Dara Huang said: ‘We’ve teamed up with Banda Property to deliver a one-of-kind pet pavilion fully equipped with its curved sun lounger and bath. Hopefully these artistic kennels will bring a smile to people’s faces as well as shine a light on animals in need of our support.’

Proceeds from the auction will help support the rebuilding of the Hertfordshire Blue Cross Re-homing Centre. The charity’s deputy director of fundraising Matt Cull said: ‘Blue Cross couldn’t be more excited for this upcoming exhibition. Our charity helps over 40,000 pets each year and it is wonderful to be able to benefit those dogs in need with some inspirational, unique art.’

All kennels must feature durable materials, weigh at most 180kg and be no larger than 1m x 1m x 1m. Participating teams will receive four tickets to the auction and have their completed structure professionally photographed.

Interested parties have until 1 September to apply and all kennels must be completed and submitted by 8 January.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

Contact details

Drew Gardner
BowWow Haus London
1 Sun Street
Frome
BA11 3DA

Email: drew@gardnercreative.co.uk
Tel: 07860 288 624

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