Barkitecture - Design Bureau

Torafu Architects' design for a Jack Russell Terrier

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Monday, November 26th, 2012

by Sharon McHugh

Kenya Hara, Muji’s legendary graphic designer, is turning his talents to dogs, man’s favorite four-legged friends. His latest project, called Architecture for Dogs, gives all dog lovers access to blueprints for designer doghouses.

The project is not so much about building a more fashionable home for our furry friends as it is about building a better one by applying scales of architecture to other facets of our lives, beginning with dogs. Hara has tapped an all-star cast of architects and industrial designers to design breed-specific homes for our canine companions. Already on board are Shigeru Ban (Papillion), Konstanin Grcic (Toy Poodle), Atelier Bow-Wow (Dachshund), and Kazuyo Sejima of SANAA (Bichon Frise), with more designers to be added.

Hara’s own design is a house for a Teacup Poodle. It includes an integrated set of stairs that will put fido at eye level with his human companions.

Eleven designs, each one customizable, are currently available and more will be added in the future. Completed works can be uploaded to the project’s website, and the best ones will be included in an exhibition that will launch at Design Miami in December. In the future, Hara plans to expand the project to such things as Architecture for Swimming and Architecture for Food. But for now, the focus is clearly on Barkitecture.