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Architectural Cat Houses - fancy dwellings for kitties on the go

Designing cat houses can be a challenging affair. It is no secret that cats can be the fussiest of cultural critics which is why Los Angeles-based Architects for Animals has assembled some of the city’s leading architecture firms to design functional yet inventively fancy outdoor dwellings at “Giving Shelter,” a benefit for FixNation, which spays and fixes homeless felines.

Los Angeles is home to one of the nation’s largest populations of homeless felines, an estimated one to three million cats, according to FixNation’s website. The nonprofit aims to provide a more effective and compassionate alternative to mass euthanasia.

Each firm was tasked with designing, building and donating an urban outdoor cat shelter that can withstand the elements. The donated structures are then on display every year at the Herman Miller showroom through the “Giving Shelter” exhibit.

A total of 11 unique cat shelters were created. Here are some savvy kitty dwellings to inspire.

Photographed by Meghan Bob Photography

Designed by Standard Architecture.

the cat pod

Standard Architects created a flexible, modular unit using a prefabricated curved concrete shell that is infilled with teak wood, certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and reclaimed from flooring samples. Slats of teak frame an accessible cat door and beige felt blankets the ground of the shelter.

Concrete was chosen for its high thermal mass, it gathers heat throughout the day and gradually releases it overnight, while the teak walls and doors let in a breeze, keeping the cat comfortable all day.

Designed by Abramson Architects.

meow-dular catcube

The CatCube is a modular system that allows flexibility in the dwellings configurations, letting the user determine the number and type of modules that best suits their cat needs. Each module’s interior is lined with felt and features a colored linoleum on the exterior to create a cozy and fun yet hardy interior for the cats.

The base of the modules are carpet tiles or pet grass that are easily removable for cleaning or changing. The set of two modules connect via hidden magnets under the surface of the linoleum, and each module rests on elevated felt pads to allow it to slide easily across flooring.

Designed by by D3architecture.

crate tower

D3architecture killed two birds with a stone with this Crate tower. Unwanted plastic, wood and metal boxes are re-used to create a kitty-shelter.

This shelter is sculpted from an assortment of used milk crates. The boxes stack on top of one another, above a base crafted from wood, to create ample opportunity for climbing and lots of space for napping.

Designed by Tracy A. Stone Architect design.

tenting it

Inspired by the simplicity of a tent’s rain fly, Tracy A. Stone Architect wanted to create a playful structure that uses tent technology and simple materials.

A custom tent pole suspends the rain fly over the platform to create refuge from rain and other elements. Homely amenities such as water bowl, scratch pad and dangling toy have been integrated to give our feline friends a memorable stay.

Designed by Morphosis /Xtech.

legs house

Inspired by the simplicity of a tent’s rain fly, Tracy A. Stone Architect wanted to create a playful structure that uses tent technology and simple materials.

A custom tent pole suspends the rain fly over the platform to create refuge from rain and other elements. Homely amenities such as water bowl, scratch pad and dangling toy have been integrated to give our feline friends a memorable stay.

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