What happens when architects design homes for animals

Petting Farm in Uylpark, Almere, Netherlands by 70F Architecture, from Pet-tecture

10 of the quirkiest homes for pets showcased in a new book

Ever since Lubetkin unveiled the penguin pool at London Zoo in 1934, architects have been designing homes for animals.

In this extract from a new book we reveal 10 of the best contemporary designs from around the world to accommodate everything from bats to bulldogs.

Cat House by HOK Architects

This playful one square metre feline structure is made from acrylic sheet, timber panels and artificial grass. Designer Jessica Ginther of HOK Architects created this multi-level cat house for the inaugural Giving Shelter benefit held by Architects for Animals – helping raise funds for the Los Angeles-based charity FixNation, which works to neuter and spay homeless cats. The simple design caters for numerous cats – all within a Jenga-like structure that supports four gable-roofed houses. These in turn support a larger timber gable, with artificial turf completing the design.

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