Barkitecture: architect-designed dog kennels on show at Goodwoof

Barkitecture at Goodwoof (20 – 21 May 2023) celebrates imaginative architecture for dogs by Foster + Partners, Sebastian Conran, Jony Ive and more

Barkitecture dog kennel entry by foster & partners
Foster & Partners created the Barc dog kennel in response to the Barkitecture theme of 'A companion piece - Dogs at work'. 'We have used a refined palette of materials to create Barc, a flat pack kennel that responds to the ever-evolving nature of the workplace,' says Norman Foster
(Image credit: Courtesy Foster & Partners)

Goodwoof returns for the 2023 edition: presented over two days (20 and 21 May 2023) at The Kennels on the Goodwood Estate, the event includes Barkitecture, a competition challenging architects and designers to imagine innovative kennel designs and a fresh approach to architecture for dogs.

Barkitecture dog kennels set for auction

Barkitecture kennel designs

Bowowhaus by Sebastian Conran 

(Image credit: Courtesy Goodwood)

The theme for this year is ‘A Companion Piece – Dogs at Work’. Designers and architects were invited to create a single or double occupancy kennel design that ‘considers the important role dogs play in our lives and how much they contribute to our wellbeing, whilst re-examining the spaces we create for them in our homes and workplaces’.

The kennels are judged by a panel led by British designer and Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud, and each design will then be auctioned on 21 May by Bonhams to raise funds for Goodwoof’s official charity partner, Pets As Therapy.

Barkitecture kennel designs

Wig Wag by Hall + Bednarczyk architects

(Image credit: Courtesy Goodwood)

2023 participants to the Barkitecture competition include Foster & Partners, Hopkins Architects, Jony Ive and RSHP among others. The designers considered the role of pets as companions, working on concepts that allow dogs and humans to cohabit in domestic and work spaces. 

‘Barkitecture is an architecture competition in pursuit of one thing: the finest, most innovative 21st-century ideas for kennels,’ comments McCloud. I’m looking forward to seeing how our entrants explore the relationship between our canine friends and their physical environment, as well as kennel technology, animal welfare and sustainability.’

Goodwoof takes place on 20 and 21 May 2023

The Kennels, Kennel Hill, Goodwood, Chichester

Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.