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 (coming soon) 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, accessible from our website in the coming weeks, it is also possible to create and share your own Architecture for Dogs online. To submit a design, download our worksheet below, 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 - and email it to competitions@japanhouselondon.uk. Don't forget to include your social media handles so we can tag you should your drawing get selected as the 'Design of the Week' by one of our world-renowned architect judges. All submitted designs will also be uploaded to the Architecture for Dogs Facebook page.

Download worksheet

Booking tickets

Please book your free visit to the exhibition by chosing the date and time below:

Architecture for Dogs 3 – 6 Dec

Architecture for Dogs 7 – 13 Dec

Tickets for the following fortnight will be released on Fridays.

Tier 2 COVID-19 restrictions apply in London from 3 December. Japan House London is a COVID-19 secure venue, which means that we can continue to operate in line with the UK Government guidance. Our guests are politely reminded that they may only visit with members of their own household or support bubble. Please visit our COVID-19 webpage for more information about the measures we have implemented to ensure your safety.

Bringing dogs to the exhibition

It is quite unusual for dogs to be allowed into a gallery, so we have put in place the following rules to ensure everyone’s enjoyment of the exhibition:

  • 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 Gallery so that the number of dogs in the exhibition can be kept within a manageable limit.
  • It is not possible for dogs (or humans) to touch or interact with the exhibits in the Gallery – this is only possible in the Hall with specially prepared exhibits. (Owners who allow their dogs to climb on any of the plinths in the Gallery will be asked to leave immediately.)
  • 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.