Architecture for Dogs Roadshow

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Image: Adrian Brooks, Imagewise

Inspired by the Architecture for Dogs exhibition, which was displayed at Japan House London between September and December 2020, an interactive display of architectural pieces designed for dogs by world-class architects and designers is touring some of London’s most popular dog-walking sites in 2021.

Past Roadshow Dates and Venues

  • Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 August 2021, 10:00–17:00: Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery, Walpole Park. Admission free; drop-in. For more information on visiting Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery please see Pitzhanger's website. You can also see Pitzhanger exhibitions Julian Opie and Soane Restored on these dates. Pitzhanger staff and volunteers will be running a ‘dog crèche’ throughout the day so you can enjoy a visit to the Manor which doesn't admit dogs. Find out more about your visit here.

Exhibits featured at the Roadshow

Each architectural piece is designed with a different dog breed in mind and offers a playful and insightful exploration into architecture and design that can be joyful for both dogs and their human companions.

The exhibits available for well-behaved dogs to interact with at a number of key London locations are as follows:

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 small dogs and their human companions to see each other 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.

Explore these exhibits and many others in our Architecture for Dogs 3D Virtual Tour.

Visiting the Roadshow

Please note the following rules to ensure everyone’s safe enjoyment of the interactive display:

  • Please avoid visiting the display if you have had any symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • To protect guests, our staff will be wearing face coverings. We recommend that all visitors (aged 11 or over) also wear a face covering when accessing the display area (unless exempt).
  • Please exercise caution in keeping a safe distance from other guests and members of staff.
  • All dogs are welcome to interact with the display, but please note that some of the pieces have been designed with smaller dogs in mind. Owners allow dogs to participate at their own risk.
  • Only one dog at a time can interact with each display item. Other visitors will be asked to wait in the queuing area.
  • All dogs must be kept under control at all times when using and waiting to use the displays. (Owners will be asked to move their dog away from the display area if other visitors (humans or dogs) are disturbed by it.)
  • Visitors are responsible for clearing up after their dogs.
  • Visitors should be expected to comply with all rules of the venue. Please see the website of each venue for more details.