Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2017 and has been updated with the most recent information.
Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) is among a group of architects, artists, and designers that have created dog kennels for Blue Cross for Pets, a United Kingdom-based charity that cares for sick and injured pets and places homeless ones in permanent homes.
Teaming up with the aptly named BowWow Haus London, which is putting on the fundraiser, ZHA has designed “Cloud,” a cocoon-like wooden kennel attached to a pedestal made from CNC milled plywood (a method of cutting wood using a computer-controlled machine). The rounded shelter calls to mind Eero Aarnio’s Bubble Chair, or a retro orb chair, but it also definitely bears the organic curves of ZHA’s most recognizable works. Pretty chic for a pet house.
Cloud and over 80 other kennels are currently on display around central London through April 26, after which they will be sold at auction with proceeds going toward renovating the Blue Cross rehoming facility in Kimpton, England, as well as benefitting the U.S.-based Outdoor Arts Foundation and its commitment to support community art projects around the world.
The eclectic group of kennels includes a dome-shaped structure with a shell of recycle water bottles by Spark Architects; a glass house filled with 2,000 colorful tennis balls made in collaboration by DenizenWorks, Cantifix, and Arrant Land; and a floating diving board platform by Studio Octopi. Browse the auction catalog here.