This year has brought tech companies such as Whistle into the world of pets' lifestyle, health and fitness, as well as doggy spas and retreats. Thankfully, the architecture industry is also enjoying some of the elite attention paid to privileged animals. Celebrated architects such as MVRDV, Kazuyo Sejima, Sou Fujimoto, Shigeru Ban, and Toyo Ito have introduced a new movement in canine avant-garde, creating DIY projects designed to induce some playful bonding between pup and owner.
Here, the Bichon's undeniable smile radiates with contentment on its narcissistic pouf. Bichon and architecture become one, as Sejma's architecture mirrors the Bichon's fur –"like cotton candy, or a whisp of a cloud," but one size larger.
This Frenchie has a need to organize! Fujimoto's design is neo-domesticated and anthropomorphizing. Fujimoto's shelving is designed for the pup, rather than its owner, calling attention to domesticated dogs' basic animal rights and need for autonomy!
In this cloud, the Chihuahua gives the illusion of a larger mass, befitting of the tiny dog's larger-than-life personality. In this royal-orange coat, Reiserumemoto refocuses attention from the dog's small size to its more salient traits of bravery and courageousness.
Dachshunds, or sausage dogs, have short legs, making it difficult for them to get up stairs and make eye contact with their owners. This ramp eliminates the friendship barrier, carving out space for their owner to hang out, too.
Beagles are known to be good natured dogs that play well with children. MVRDV's design strives to create a kid-size playhouse that rocks back and forth for a cute laugh.
This Jack Russell's favorite item is his owner's clothes, so Torafu has made this dog's hammock dreams come true — to lounge on sweaters in the winter and t-shirts in the summer.
This flexible design easily changes shape to accommodate a dog's need for sleep, play, and versatility. It can become a bed, a wing, a maze, or even a chair or table for a person to use.
This Pug mountain is made for the clever and mischievous pug. It is both a nest, a plaything, and an armature for snacks and toys.
"I'd rather be rolled," says the dog who uses this "doghouse for walks." In this hybrid-design, Toyo Ito vouches for a pup's love of walks, but eases the inconvenience of rain, hot asphalt, and sore legs.
The idea for this technically sophisticated dog-igloo was conceived from Naito's late dog, who was hot in his fluffy fur during Japanese summers. By inserting a plastic bag filled with ice into the highly thermally conductive aluminum pipe, you can expect quite the cooling effect, says Naito.
Have you had a "mirror test" by a neurologist to examine self-awareness? Well this dog has. Poodles react positively to mirrors and display unmistakable signs of self-awareness. Finicky about their looks and highly intelligent, Poodles are ranked among the top three dogs in intelligence. Poodles for president!
Misawa's dog house brings about a laugh: you can see the pup's skinny legs through the gaps of what appears to be a very large hat.
Hara equalizes human/dog scale for super-small dogs who spend all their time looking up. The device serves Hara's initiative to produce an equilibrium between dog and owner through a face-à-face.