After a lot of hard work from our B/A design team and even more work by those that took on the actual construction, our dog house has been completed and will make its debut later this month. There were several concept ideas that were thrown back and forth, all of which would have made very unique and interesting K9 casas, but we could only build one. As part of our submission we were asked to include a design statement as to how we came up with our particular design. Check it out and we definitely look forward to showing off and hopefully getting the dog house sold!

Design Statement:
Although simple and basic, the challenges that come with designing an outdoor dwelling for our canine friends introduced new opportunities to explore architecture. We approached the design with the notion that a doghouse should provide not only the basic necessities of shelter from the elements but also introduce elements of interactivity to create a natural, holistic experience.

After several formal studies, the concept was ultimately settled from the idea that the dwelling should be an extension of the natural landscape, a metaphor of the canine burrow or den, and expressed typologically as a house within a hill.

The tapered form of the doghouse functions as shelter against the elements by creating a protruding overhang above the sleeping area thus controlling rain water runoff. The forms also provides shelter from the sun in much the same way as well as funneling ventilation thru the openings given the proper orientation of the house with prevailing, localized winds patterns.

The exterior form of the house was simplified to flat, angled surfaces key to achieving a natural “folding plane” appearance. Maintaining a clean and unobstructed exterior was essential as it allows for ease of use and function. Acting as an architectural landscape, the shelter yields opportunities to sit, climb, jump, and lay, as well as create the ability to achieve refuge and prospect. In addition, removable food and water containers have been integrated into the horizontal plane in a minimal manner to maintain the clean, low profile.

A conscious decision was made at the outset of the project, as our commitment to the environment and in keeping with the sustainable practices of BRAVE / ARCHITECTURE, that materials used in the construction of the project must be of either reclaimed or recycled materials. The driving determinant of the form was based on the concept and not solely on recycled materials. As the resultant form of the dog house utilized flat, linear shapes, the design required plywood and other small dimensional lumber. Thus, materials used were controlled by the design and those found complying with the design were reclaimed from trash piles of various construction sites around town. In addition to the structure, the covered space for the dwelling is fitted with a recycled plastic/foam pad. Bedding was created by sewing together discarded plastic bags that had been heat fused to create a durable cushion with a reclaimed foam insert.

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#1 · Archicgi

19 02 2016 - 12:06

Very cool design!