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Architect-designed kennels go on display

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A total of 44 architect and artist-designed kennels have been unveiled in an unusual competition to design a bespoke dog house to be auctioned off for charity

Around two-thirds of the 65 submissions to the BowWow Haus London contest are now on show in central London locations including St Pancras International and Stratford International stations. The remaining structures will be installed this month.

Backed by animal charity Blue Cross and the Florida-based Outdoor Arts Foundation, the competition invited architects, designers and artists to design and build ‘one-off, unique’ kennels.

The dog houses – devised by outfits such as Zaha Hadid Architects, Denizen Works with Arrant Land, Russian for Fish, Studio Octopi and Spark Architects – will be exhibited until 26 April when they will be sold to the highest bidders at a gala event in the Renaissance St Pancras Hotel.

Nick Carter of Lots Road Auctions will be calling the auction which has already opened for online bidding.

Other participating UK practices include Green Tea Architects with Ben Fogle, Formation Architects, Chris Dyson Architects, FT Architects and DLM Architects.

Proceeds from the auction will help support the rebuilding of the Hertfordshire Blue Cross Re-homing Centre.

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

Its executive director Jay Goulde said: ‘It’s been 15 years since the first BowWow Haus in America and to have architects and artists from all over the world coming together to exhibit their extraordinary pieces in one of the most vibrant cities for arts and culture in a country that I adore is just simply magical.

Wendy Spinks, commercial director at HS1, which runs the St Pancras and Stratford stations, commented: ‘St Pancras International is a destination known for showcasing the very best talent from across the arts, so we’re thrilled to provide a platform for these celebrated designers and to support such a worthwhile cause.’

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