MVRDV's contribution to Japanese art-director and designer Kenya Hara's  playful design project 'Architecture for Dogs' tries to make sense of the human-canine relationship through form. An elegant, functional object, its ability to rock gives an added element of playfulness to human-canine interactions.


Year : 2012

Locations : Design Miami 2012, Florida, United States, TOTO Gallery, Tokyo Japan, Long Beach Museum of Art, California, United States



Today, a large proportion of dogs live indoors, their lives interwoven with their family’s lifestyles. We humans live harmoniously together with our dogs under one roof. There is no such a thing as architecture for dogs; dogs live in people's architecture, and according to the owners' choices. With  the challenge to design architecture for dogs, we decided to give the animal a space of its own. The assignment was taken literally and approached in a very traditional manner by updating the classical dog house design.   Even Snoopy, the world’s most famous Beagle, lived in house quite similar.


Starting with the archetypical shape, the simple and symbolic form of the Dog House , which also  refers to the prototypical human shelter, needs very little transformation to start giving a message. Through The modest metamorphosis, the house has becomes an elegant and playful object, creating both a hideaway and  interactive toy.


Beagles are known to be intelligent and good natured dogs that play well with children, so  our design strives to create a challenging and playful environment that beagles would enjoy. The curved shape invites the dog to enter the house, stimulates play and offers a comfortable and quiet space. Every time the dog enters or exits, the house answers with a subtle motion. The rounded bottom touches ground gently with little friction.  The rope attached to the house makes it easy to move for both dog and owner, and  humans can easily carry it  due to its wedge shape. The interaction with humans is made more obvious since the curved lines reach up to the human eye level. The firm and active Beagle has inspired us to design a simple, strong and playful object.





Design : Mick van Gemert and Elien Deceuninck, MVRDV


Director : Kenya Hara

Creator :   Hara Design Institute, Nippon Design Centre, Tokyo, JP
Production : Imprint Venture Lab Company

Photographs : Hiroshi Yoda

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