Coinciding with the Architecture for Dogs exhibition on display at Japan House London from 19 September 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 this autumn.
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.
Roadshow Dates and Venues
Sunday 25 October 2020, 9:00-15:00: Gardens, Horniman Museum & Gardens. Admission: free; drop-in.
Saturday 14 November 2020, 10:00-16:00: Gardens (near Café), Chiswick House & Gardens. Admission: free; drop-in.
Monday 2 – Sunday 8 November 2020, 10:00-18:00: Bedford Square, Architectural Association. Admission free; drop-in.
*Unfortunately the roadshow at Meanwhile Gardens, North Kensington, has been postponed. An announcement of the new time and date for this event will be made soon.
More dates and venues will be added to this page shortly.
Visiting the Roadshow
Please follow government guidance on social distancing and note the following rules to ensure everyone’s safe enjoyment of the interactive display:
- 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.
- Please avoid visiting the display if you have had any symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
- Visitors must wear a face covering when accessing the display area (unless they are exempt).
- Government guidelines on social distancing must be followed at all times. Please keep a minimum 2-metre distance between yourself and other guests and members of staff.
- Only one dog at a time can interact with each display item. Other visitors will be asked to wait in the socially distanced queuing area.
- All dogs must remain on a lead and 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.