Architecture for Dogs


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Photo: Yoda Hiroshi

Featuring a collection of architectural designs for dogs by world-class architects and designers, the internationally acclaimed Architecture for Dogs makes its European debut at Japan House London from 19 September with the addition of 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. A series of virtual experiences is also on offer, including a 3D Tour (available later in the autumn), online talks and ‘live’ guided tours.

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.

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.

Booking tickets

Please book your free visit to the exhibiton below. Exhibition tickets include general entry to Japan House London's Ground Floor displays, The Shop and The Stand.

Please choose the date and time you wish to visit:

Architecture for Dogs 26 Sep - 2 Oct

More dates will be available soon.

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.

*As measured from the floor to the top of the dog's back