Barkitecture / 2016—Austin, TX
We approached the design with the idea that a doghouse could be both multi-functional and interactive. The playful form appears to grow from the natural landscape with the dog’s space underneath much like a burrow tucked into the hillside with options to climb, lounge, lean, jump and live. The forms configure to be a fête-á-tête bench (a.k.a. courting or conversation bench), two separate chairs or one long lounge chair.
The steel frame provides a sturdy structure that can hold up under the rambunctious play of kids, dogs and adults. The steel has been oiled to protect from the elements and will eventually age with a beautiful patina.
Material juxtaposition: artificial turf, raw steel and persimmon plywood
single lounge chair arrangement