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Architects reveal kennel concepts in charity fundraising contest

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Architects have revealed their concepts in an unusual competition to design a bespoke dog house to be auctioned off for charity

About a third of the 70 teams participating in the BowWow Haus London contest have now unveiled their proposals, which are being constructed for a public exhibition and charity auction later this year.

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 Denizen Works, Zaha Hadid Architects, Russian for Fish, Studio Octopi and Spark Architects – will be exhibited inside St Pancras International and Stratford International stations and at other venues from 19 March to 26 April before being sold to the highest bidders at a gala event in the Renaissance St Pancras Hotel.

Other participating UK practices include Interrobang, Green Tea Architects, WHAT Architecture, Adam Knibb Architects and emerging London-based outfit Studio Lisboeta.

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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.

Blue Cross director of fundraising Matt Cull said: ‘We are delighted that so many talented architects and designers have taken part and the range going on display will be very varied, from the chic and minimalist to kennels ablaze with colour.

‘Blue Cross helps thousands of pets, from hamsters up to horses, every year and we are delighted that this exciting project will also help the many pets needing our help.’

Jay Goulde, executive director of Outdoor Arts Foundation said: ‘At the onset of the project, our goal was to have kennels created by architects and artists from around England.

‘It’s absolutely incredible that we now have participants from five continents on board. This will be the largest public exhibition of dog kennels ever seen and it’s going to be extraordinary.’

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