Architecture for Dogs


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Photo: Hiroshi Yoda

Internationally acclaimed Architecture for Dogs features a collection of architectural designs for dogs by world-class architects and designers, including a brand new piece by eminent UK architect, Asif Khan. Far from being just an exhibition, this open source network allows guests to become designers and makers themselves, with blueprints available for download and opportunities to design one's own architecture for dogs (see below). With a series of virtual experiences also on offer, including a 3D tour and online talks and panel discussions available to watch back on Japan House London's YouTube channel, the Architecture for Dogs project can be enjoyed in many different ways.

About the exhibition

Architecture for Dogs was devised by Hara Kenya, President of the Nippon Design Center and Japan House Creative Advisor. It features the works of celebrated architects and designers including Ban Shigeru, Kuma Kengo, Itō Toyō, Sou Fujimoto, Atelier Bow-Wow and Ma Yansong amongst others. The addition of Asif Khan's piece creates a lasting link between the exhibition and the architectural scene in London. Each of the works offers guests a light-hearted and insightful exploration into architecture and design that can be joyful for both dogs and their human companions. In an interview with Japan House London, Hara Kenya discusses his inspiration and ideas behind the project.

The specially made architectural pieces are designed with a different dog breed in mind, including the Beagle, Bichon Frise, Shiba Inu, Boston Terrier and Poodle.

Architecture for Dogs was first launched at Design Miami in 2012 and has since received global recognition, touring in Japan, China and Brazil.

Architecture for Dogs online

In addition to viewing our Architecture for Dogs exhibition virtually through a full 3D tour, it is also possible to create and share your own Architecture for Dogs online. Download our worksheet below and draw a sketch or rough plan of your dog-friendly architecture - either digitally, via your favourite design software, or by hand by printing off our worksheet.

Download worksheet