Architecture for Dogs … Barkitecture!

Japanese art director and designer Kenya Hara announced a new project this past fall; Architecture for Dogs. The exhibit is comprised of structures that are built just for man’s best friend. Hara commissioned breed-specific constructions from 11 well-known architects and designers and he designed a structure for a teacup poodle himself. (Hara is quick to point out that the breed specificity was not meant to exclude mutts or larger dogs, but rather to aid the designers by giving them clear parameters.) Through the Web site architecturefordogs.com dog owners are able to download free blueprints of each structure, along with directions and how-to-build videos that allow customization.

ARTINFO‘s Janelle Zara spoke with Architecture for Dogs creator Kenya Hara, Creative Director of MUJI, about the exhibition, which launched as part of Design Miami/ 2012. Watch the video above and see some of the structures in the gallery below.

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Shigeru Ban’s Papier Papillon uses the architect’s signature cardboard tubes for a papillon.

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Kengo Kuma designed a structure for a pug made of interlocking geometric pieces.

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Hara Design Institute came up with Pointed T, which hangs from the ceiling, for a Japanese terrier. For a toy poodle, Konstantin Grcic produced the glamourous Paramount.

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Torafu Architects’ Wanmock was designed for a Jack Russell terrier.

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Torafu Architects’ Wanmock was designed for a Jack Russell terrier.

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Atelier Bow-Wow designed a structure, two of which are stacked at left, for a dachshund, while Kenya Hara designed the one on the right for a teacup poodle.

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Sou Fujimoto’s home for a Boston terrier doubles as storage.

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