Architecture for Dogs: Interactive Display

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An interactive display of Architecture for Dogs designed by world-class architects is available in the Hall on selected dates throughout the exhibition period.

The exhibits available for well-behaved dogs and their owners to interact with are as follows:

Pointed T: A floating doghouse made from paper designed for a Japanese terrier by designer Misawa Haruka while at the Hara Design Institute.

Mount Pug: An imaginative nest and playground for a pug created by internationally renowned Japanese architect Kuma Kengo; its organic structure is sturdy, despite being made without a single nail.

D-Tunnel: Designed for a teacup poodle by exhibition director and Japan House Creative Advisor Hara Kenya this piece with an embedded staircase helps bring small dogs and their human companions eye to eye.

Beagle House – Interactive Dog House: A playful take on a classic kennel designed by Rotterdam-based architectural firm MVRDV for a beagle; its curved gently rocking frame provides a stimulating environment for the intelligent dog.

Architecture for Long-Bodied-Short-Legged Dog: Designed by Tokyo-based practice Atelier Bow-Wow for a dachshund, the sloped structure allows the short-legged dog to climb the frame with ease, while the piece's length enables the owner to lie down next to their dog.

*Please note that from time to time the display may be closed for events. It will also sometimes be touring external venues as part of the Roadshow. Before your visit, please check this page for dates when the display is unavailable.

The display is currently unavailable on the following dates: 24 - 25 October, 2 - 8 November, 14 November, 3 December

Book your visit

All guests wishing to visit Japan House London are asked to pre-book their free visit through our online booking system. Access to the display in the Hall is included in both General Entry Tickets and Architecture for Dogs exhibition tickets.

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Bringing dogs to the display

Well-behaved dogs and their owners are welcome to interact with the display pieces in the Hall. Please note the following rules to ensure everyone’s enjoyment of the interactive display:

  • Well-behaved dogs to a maximum height of 45.5cm (18 inches)* on a lead, as well as assistance dogs are welcome at Japan House London.
  • Only one dog per visitor can be admitted.
  • At busy times, you maybe be asked to wait a while before entering the Hall so that the number of dogs in the Hall can be kept within a manageable limit.
  • Your dog must be kept on a short lead or carried and kept under control at all times. (Owners will be asked to remove their dog if other visitors (humans or dogs) are disturbed by it.)
  • Dogs must also adhere to the social distancing. Please leave a space of no less than 2m between your own dog and the dog in front of you.
  • You are responsible for clearing up after your dog, but you must tell a member of staff if your dog has had an accident.