Looking for some new digs for that sweet kitty of yours? Architects for Animals’ “Giving Shelter” event recently showcased a suite of awesome feline homes in Los Angeles. Almost 15 design firms participated in the event, which featured the latest in outdoor cat shelter style. Needless to say, all of the brilliant designs on display had visitors purring with awe.
Although one might be quick to assume the designers stapled some old carpet on a pvc pipe, one would be incorrect. The designers who participated in the event came out clawing with some incredibly sophisticated shelters. Wolcott Architecture featured “Kitty La Tourelle,” a polychromatic cat shelter, replete with playful entries, niches and vantage points at varied levels and sizes meant to provide an inspiring and comfortable home for the inquisitive feline. Like many of the designs, NAC Architecture used upcycled materials to create their entry, Rubber Fishy, an elegant space built primarily with throw-away objects such as rubber base samples, plywood scraps and carpet tiles.
Hosted in the Herman Miller showroom in Culver City, the feline design event benefitted FixNation, a non-profit organization that works to reduce the cat population through humane non-lethal Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). The shelters were on display for a short time, but was considered a success by FixNation’s Co-founder and Executive Director, Karn Myers, “The architectural community in Los Angeles is outstanding. We are so grateful to the participating design firms who are generously devoting their talent, creativity and compassion in support of FixNation. Because of FixNation’s programs and the dedication of hundreds of volunteers across the city and county, many cats are able to live healthier, happier lives.”