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ZHA reveals curvaceous kennel for Blue Cross fundraiser

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Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has taken the wraps off its cocoon-like submission in the competition to design a bespoke dog house to be auctioned off for charity

The studio is among 80 teams participating in the BowWow Haus London contest – backed by animal charity Blue Cross and Florida-based Outdoor Arts Foundation – which invited architects, designers and artists to design and build ‘one-off, unique’ kennels.

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.

ZHA’s dog house, Cloud, is constructed from CNC milled plywood and is suspended to protect pets from the cold ground.

Practice principal Patrik Schumacher said: ‘Cloud continues our ongoing commitment to support those doing great work in our community.’

Matt Cull, Blue Cross deputy director of fundraising said: ‘Blue Cross couldn’t be more excited for this upcoming exhibition and we are delighted to have Zaha Hadid Architects on board to create a kennel. 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.’

Outdoor Arts Foundation executive director Jay Goulde said: ‘At the onset, our goal was to have 50 architects and artists participating from around Great Britain. Over the course of the last several months, we’ve been thrilled to have not only UK participants join the project but those from all over the world.

‘Having a firm like Zaha Hadid Architects on board is an absolute dream come true, it really speaks to the gregarious and altruistic nature of all our participants.’

Other participating UK practices include Interrobang, Green Tea Architects, Russian For Fish, WHAT Architecture and Chris Dyson Architects, while Singapore-based Spark Architects is submitting three schemes. Images of all the submitted projects will be revealed later this month.

Proceeds from the latest 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.

The call for applications has been extended until the end of November. Submissions 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.

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  • Gabriela Igelsias

    This design does not take into consideration the psicology of a pet. The wide open front does not provide the sense of protection that a pet needs when inside its kennel. This will not work for the outside , wind, cold, snow will enter the kennel .This design does not provide protection agains the element , in spite of considering rasing the base from the ground, It is tottaly inadequate for its purpose. !!!! In winter is very cold and in summer very open to the heat.

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  • Modern architects are, at least, consistent. Quite accomplished at designing the most hideous and impractical housing for humans, they now are embarking upon providing the same for our four-legged friends.

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  • For Gabriela Iglesias: an intelligent and resourceful dog might - after critical review of the design - indulge in canine therapy by gnawing a dog-sized semicircular 'bite' out of the thinner wood at the crown, and then invite friends to help tip over the structure to create an igloo that would need only furnishing with an old and smelly blanket to create canine nirvana.

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