Zaha Hadid Design’s dog kennel joins a pack of pooch pads in London

Zaha Hadid Design’s dog kennel joins a pack of pooch pads in London

Zaha Hadid Design is one of 65 cultural practices turning its attention to 21st-century barkitecture, in the form of beautifully designed pet pads. Part of a charity auction in the name of BowWow Haus – a collaboration between pet charity Blue Cross, American not-for-profit organisation Outdoor Arts Foundation and photographer Drew Gardner – Hadid Designs’ one-of-a-kind Cloud kennel joins bespoke offerings from DLM Architects, Pim Studio Architects and Chris Dyson.

Zaha Hadid Designs’ Cloud, pictured top, is a cocoon-like kennel elevated above ground to protect doggy paws from cold floor surfaces. Constructed in CNC-milled plywood, it was constructed using digital design and 3D printing. It reflects, says Maha Kutay, Zaha Hadid Design director, ‘our long-standing commitment to support those doing great work in our community.’

TravelKennel, by Studio Lisboeta for BowWow Haus London auction

TravelKennel, by Studio Lisboeta

From elaborate mosaic palaces and Manchester City Football Club themed boxes, to minimalist wooden huts and a multi-coloured kennel that floats (for some reason), answers to the brief range from the sublime to the ridiculous. Either way, this is a pet-project that designers have really sunk their teeth into.

It’s the raw, wooden wonders that have really pricked our ears, like a travel kennel created for small dogs on-the-go by London-based start-up Studio Lisboeta, and the ironically-titled Kittycat kennel, by JH Collective – a brand dedicated to creating ‘beautiful pieces of furniture for our furry friends’. Woof of approval.

Get your paws on one, and support the charity (that re-homes and cares for more than 40,000 sick, injured and homeless pets each year) at online auction house The Salesroom, or at St Pancras International, where the kennels are on display until 26 April 2018.