An awareness-raising initiative, “Architects for Animals,” recently invited architectural and design companies and individual designers and architects from Los Angeles, California, to participate in an initiative to help homeless cats in the city. The task was to design and build functional and modern outdoor dwellings for our little feline friends, which were then sold at the event to raise funds for the non-profit organization FixNation, trying to save as many kittens as possible.
Creativity here was limitless – from the cathedral-evoking perch with faux stained-glass windows, including a humorous fish-shaped shelter and biomorphic trellis-pouf made from recycled plastic, Spanish moss, and Korean grass, to a groovy spiral shelter assembled from a kit of interchangeable parts.
“This year’s cat shelters were extraordinarily creative, and the designers put a great deal of time and thought into how cats would interact with the shelters,” said FixNation Co-Founder and Executive Director Karn Mayers. “They are truly works of art with a practical application.” Please scroll down to see them for yourself!
01. Abramson Teiger Architects’ “Ball Of Twine,” A Rigid Sphere Constructed With The String Material
02. Knowhow Shop’s Fictional Cat Exploration Program With Lunar Cat Lander
03. Standard Architecture | Design’s “Catosphere,” A Concrete And Reclaimed Teak Pod
04. Callison RTKL’s Cathedral-Evoking Perch With Faux Stained-Glass Windows And A Scaled-Down Disco Ball
05. Perkins+Will’s “UnFURled,” A Spiral Shelter Assembled From A Kit Of Interchangeable Parts
06. HOK’s Seven-Chamber Shelter Is Constructed With Faux Wood Tubes With Soft-Felt Lining
07. d3architecture’s Upcycled-HVAC Equipment Shelter, A Quirky Take On Feral Cats Living In Urban Alleys
08. HKS’s “CAnT WE ALL GET ALONG,” A Humorous Composition Of A Fish-Shaped Shelter With Birdhouses Above
09. Formation Association, Terremoto Landscape, And Arktura’s Collaborative Project “Flora-Gato,” A Biomorphic Trellis-Pouf Of Recycled, Fiberized Plastic, Spanish Moss, And Korean Grass
10. Abramson Teiger Architects’ “White Jack,” Which References The Traditional Game Of Jacks With A Tubular Structure That Cats Can Crawl Through
11. Stantec’s Red-Thread And Slatted Plywood Structure
12. Kollin Altomare Architects’ “Cat’s Win! Cat’s Win!” Is A Multifunctional Piece That Provides “Exercise” And Scratching Surfaces
13. ES-EN-EM’s “Meow Miaow,” A Flat Plywood Composition That Folds Into An Origami-Inspired Piece Of Furniture
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