Minggu, 21 September 2014

Architects for Animals design intricate outdoor dwellings for stray cats - Daily Mail

By Annabel Fenwick Elliott for MailOnline

At first glance, these abstract structures may look like futuristic furniture pieces, which they are in a sense - but not for humans.

They're custom-built shelters for outdoor, stray and feral cats, submitted by 14 U.S. architecture firms as part of a fundraiser for Architects for Animals, a nonprofit which raises awareness for animals by building better shelters to house them.

The fun and inventive structures - which offer cats refuge, protection from the harsh outside world, and playtime - were all designed pro-bono, and then donated to FixNation, a free Los Angeles-based spray-and-neuter group. 

Nifty: Because cats are able to squeeze into any shape that is the same width as their skulls, this structure gives them sneaky cover from less agile predators, according to Formation + Edgar Arceneaux Architecture

Nifty: Because cats are able to squeeze into any shape that is the same width as their skulls, this structure gives them sneaky cover from less agile predators, according to Formation + Edgar Arceneaux Architecture

Formation Association + Edgar Arceneaux architecture firm designed their shelter with a 'continuous rib system' which forms 'sanctuary spaces and safe passages for feral cats.'

Because cats possess floating clavicle bones, or shoulder bones, they are able to squeeze into any shape that is the same width as their skulls, so this structure gives them sneaky cover from less agile predators, according to firm.

It also doubles up as a bench for two or more humans to sit on.

Clever: Space Int¿l built the Cat Chalet, envisioned as a domestic retreat for an undomesticated species, which operates at the scale of both shelter and furniture

Clever: Space Int'l built the Cat Chalet, envisioned as a domestic retreat for an undomesticated species, which operates at the scale of both shelter and furniture

Boxy: The team at Standard Architecture Design came up with the Cat Cube. 'The high thermal mass of the concrete heats up during the day, and slowly releases the heat overnight,' the firm explains

Boxy: The team at Standard Architecture Design came up with the Cat Cube. 'The high thermal mass of the concrete heats up during the day, and slowly releases the heat overnight,' the firm explains

Zany: DSH Architecture masterminded the Cat's Cradle. 'Our shelter creates a lounging surface, gives dappled shade, and provides hours of entertainment for cats playing with the strings

Zany: DSH Architecture masterminded the Cat's Cradle. 'Our shelter creates a lounging surface, gives dappled shade, and provides hours of entertainment for cats playing with the strings

Meanwhile, the team at Abramson Teiger Architects took inspiration from their own pets.

'We rescued a pair of cats from a woman who kept them outdoors,' one architects reveals. 'We tried to keep them inside but these two brothers let us know differently.

'So we wanted to build a structure on our porch where they spend most of the day, and a den like enclosure that would keep them warm and dry at night.

'Using left over siding from our house, and a and a plastic bin my 11-year-old son and I built this structure for $20.'

The cat's meow: The HOK cat shelter is a modernist, pentagonal structure which creates two scales of shelter; 'smaller modular units placed within a large enclosure to create a ¿home within a home'

The cat's meow: The HOK cat shelter is a modernist, pentagonal structure which creates two scales of shelter; 'smaller modular units placed within a large enclosure to create a 'home within a home'

Optical illusion: The onCATenate, designed by Lehrer Architects, takes a 'simple, extruded white angle' and 'links them together to shape space in light, creating an object of delight for cats and people'

Optical illusion: The onCATenate, designed by Lehrer Architects, takes a 'simple, extruded white angle' and 'links them together to shape space in light, creating an object of delight for cats and people'

Lego shelter: Wolcott Architecture's 'Kitty La Tourelle' is inspired by an installation from artist and architect Rodney La Tourelle

Lego shelter: Wolcott Architecture's 'Kitty La Tourelle' is inspired by an installation from artist and architect Rodney La Tourelle

DSH Architecture masterminded the Cat's Cradle.

'Our shelter is a home for California cats to perch and observe,' the firm explains. 'In harmony with the climate and taking cues from some of the classics of outdoor living, it creates a lounging surface, gives dappled shade, and provides hours of entertainment for cats playing with the strings.'

The team at Standard Architecture | Design came up with the 'Cat Cube,' a concrete and reclaimed wood cube, designed to appeal to cats' desire for warmth.

'The high thermal mass of the concrete heats up during the day, and slowly releases the heat overnight,' the firm explain. 'The Cube is slightly raised above the ground and has two openings, for entry and escape.'

Thrifty: 'Using left over siding from our house, and a and a plastic bin my 11 year old son and I built this structure for $20.00,' says the architect behind this Abramson Teiger creation

Thrifty: 'Using left over siding from our house, and a and a plastic bin my 11 year old son and I built this structure for $20.00,' says the architect behind this Abramson Teiger creation

Slats: According to RNL, 'Our Kitty Condo allows cats to survey the world from multiple turf-lined vantage points while comfortably hiding behind 23 layers of wood slats, which protect them from harm'

Slats: According to RNL, 'Our Kitty Condo allows cats to survey the world from multiple turf-lined vantage points while comfortably hiding behind 23 layers of wood slats, which protect them from harm'

Color block: D3 Architecture constructed a shelter which utilizes uses shipping pallets, abandoned in the back alleys of local businesses, to create 'individual and distinct spaces'

Color block: D3 Architecture constructed a shelter which utilizes uses shipping pallets, abandoned in the back alleys of local businesses, to create 'individual and distinct spaces'

According to RNL, 'curiosity doesn't have to kill the cat.'

The team explain: 'Our Kitty Condo allows cats to survey the world from multiple turf-lined vantage points while comfortably hiding behind 23 layers of wood slats, which protect them from harm.'

The onCATenate, which means 'linked together,' was designed by Lehrer Architects. It takes a 'simple, extruded white angle' and 'links them together to shape space in light, creating an object of delight for cats and people.'

The HOK cat shelter, designed by Grey Crawford, is a modernist, pentagonal structure which creates two scales of shelter; 'smaller modular units placed within a large enclosure to create a 'home within a home.'

Space Int'l built the Cat Chalet, envisioned as a domestic retreat for an undomesticated species, which operates at the scale of both shelter and furniture.

'While the exterior is abstract and neutral in its materiality, the plush interior is finished with recycled carpet remnants and vertical supports wrapped in sisal rope,' the firm describe.

Eco-friendly: 'The goal of Rubber Fishy was to create a cat-centric space using primarily objects from our architectural materials library, to minimize throw-away items,' the company states

Eco-friendly: 'The goal of Rubber Fishy was to create a cat-centric space using primarily objects from our architectural materials library, to minimize throw-away items,' the company states

Tubular: Pfeiffer Partners Architects built the Habicat, a multiple unit cat shelter which boasts carpeted floors and lots of views

Tubular: Pfeiffer Partners Architects built the Habicat, a multiple unit cat shelter which boasts carpeted floors and lots of views

D3 Architecture constructed a shelter which utilizes uses shipping pallets, abandoned in the back alleys of local businesses, to create 'individual and distinct spaces around and within a sleek, brightly-colored, solid wooden core.'

Wolcott Architecture's 'Kitty La Tourelle' is inspired by an installation from artist and architect Rodney La Tourelle.

The polychromatic cat shelter features entries, niches and vantage points at varied levels and of different sizes that provide 'an inspiring and comfortable habitat for play and rest.'

RTKL's MEOW cat house are built from large scale letters, spelling out the word MEOW, which form nooks and crannies for cats to explore.

The shelter was constructed out of plywood, laser cut wood panels and clad in feline friendly carpet tile for 'hours of scratching excitement,' according to the firm. 'Food and water bowls outside the cube complete the cat's welcome.'

Spell it out: RTKL's MEOW cat house are built from large scale letters, spelling out the word MEOW, which form nooks and crannies for cats to explore

Spell it out: RTKL's MEOW cat house are built from large scale letters, spelling out the word MEOW, which form nooks and crannies for cats to explore

Pfeiffer Partners Architects built the Habicat, a multiple unit cat shelter which boasts carpeted floors and lots of views.

'It was made out of just a few materials widely used in the construction industry, so as to keep it simple and affordable,' the firm says. 'It's also fairly lightweight easy to move around but sturdy enough for cats to come and go without budging it.

Last but not least, NAC architecture dreamed up the Rubber Fishy.

'The goal of Rubber Fishy was to create a cat-centric space using primarily objects from our architectural materials library, to minimize throw-away items,' the company states.

'This upcycling – reusing products destined for the trash in new and better ways – drove the design of this shelter: a feline dwelling made from rubber base samples, plywood scraps and carpet tiles.'

 



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