The city of Los Angeles will have fewer homeless cats thanks to a successful benefit hosted by Architects for Animals. The organization enlisted over 12 different firms to design curious and quirky shelters to be auctioned at the event, with proceeds going to the pro-neuter and spay nonprofit FixNation. The “Cat in the Fish Bowl” by Abramson Teiger Architects was a crowd favorite, letting kitties role play as fish in the swirling design inspired by the dichotomous yin-yang. Flip through our gallery to see what other architects came up with.
Each architect took a unique approach to designing homes for cats that many humans would be proud of. The 3D-printed, interlocking “Spiral Kitty” shelter by DSH// architecture illuminates a bright blue at night. Standard Architecture’s California Catcube is made from reclaimed wood and heat-trapping concrete, providing felines with a safe and warm space for a cat nap. “Kitty Kurves” by Lehrer Architects features geometric cut-outs, twists, and curves that any playful cat would love.
Formation Association, Arktura, and BuroHappold designed the “Cat-à-Tête,” inspired by the conversation chair and made from recycled plastic bottles. The “Lunar Cat Lander” by Knowhow Shop is a cheeky construction which brings kitties on a space exploration adventure. RNL’s “String Theory” gives residents portals to climb through and a comfortable spot to rest. The “Teatro de Gato” by Pfeiffer Partners Architects turn shelter into a stage, equipped with a curtain so cats can remain hidden.
HOK designed catSCAPE, which is a geometric wonder filled with hiding spaces and entry and exit points. The “Catleidoscope by Purrrkins+Will” (Perkins & Will) uses colorful lenses in four different pods, allowing both human observer and cat resident to gain unique perspectives. CallisonRTKL’s “Silhouette” evokes the mysterious nature of cats’ personalities with its mesmerizing curves and private interior. And, finally, Warren Office and Schmidt Designs call their creation a “Cat Club” where felines can do what they enjoy most: climb, scratch, and jump.
Images via Meghan Bob Photography