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Foster + Partners creates an “architecture in miniature” kennel

British architecture firm Foster + Partners designed a wooden geodesic dog kennel with a padded interior for the Goodwoof’s Barkitecture competition canine event.

The kennel, titled Dome-Home, was designed by Foster + Partners and handcrafted by an English furniture maker Reference.

Image of a dog resting in the Dome-Home kennel
Dome-Home is a geodesic kennel designed by Foster + Partners

It is characterized by its geodesic exterior in cherry wood. The tiled geometry covers the entire dog house and features a rectangular opening in the front.

The interior features a removable padded fabric liner that echoes the tiled geometry of the cherry wood exterior.

Dome-Home doghouse tessellation detail top image
The exterior was designed by Benchmark using cherry wood

Dome-Home was designed by Foster + Partners for the barkitecture competition at Goodwoof –a two-day canine exhibition and event, where architects compete to win the Single Kennel Design Award, which calls for contemporary and innovative kennels.

“We are delighted to be participating in this year’s Goodwoof,” said Norman Foster. “The Dome-Home features a geodesic shell structure – it’s like architecture in miniature.”

Practices were commissioned to deliver and build a design within a maximum budget of £250.

Interior image of padded doghouse liner
It was designed for a charity kennel competition

A total of 16 kennels were pre-selected, including The Corner by Stanton Williams, The Cork and Modular Dog by Lincoln Miles Architecture, The Dogular, the zero waste kennel by Hopkins and Dog Pod by Mark Gorton for Roger Stirk Harbor & Partners.

Shortlisted kennels will be auctioned by Bonhams and their profits donated to the dog’s confidence.

A dog is shown sitting outside the domed kennel
The kennels will be auctioned

Goodwoof takes place from Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 May.

In 2019, Ford created a noise-canceling kennel that protects dogs from the sound of fireworks while in Portugal, Raulino Silva Arquitecto designed a hotel for dogs and cats on the site of a former vineyard.

The photograph is from Aaron Hargreaves.

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