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Studio Schicketanz puts sustainable design in the dog house

Doggy Dreamhouse is being auctioned to raise money for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals charity
Doggy Dreamhouse is being auctioned to raise money for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals charity
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Doggy Dreamhouse is topped by a green roof 
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Doggy Dreamhouse is topped by a green roof 
Doggy Dreamhouse's green roof includes a food and water bowl 
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Doggy Dreamhouse's green roof includes a food and water bowl 
Doggy Dreamhouse's green roof comprises grass atop a chicken wire mesh, gardening fabric, and dirt
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Doggy Dreamhouse's green roof comprises grass atop a chicken wire mesh, gardening fabric, and dirt
Doggy Dreamhouse's roof also sports a motion-activated faucet 
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Doggy Dreamhouse's roof also sports a motion-activated faucet 
Doggy Dreamhouse was designed for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
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Doggy Dreamhouse was designed for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Doggy Dreamhouse has an operable wall for easier cleanup
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Doggy Dreamhouse has an operable wall for easier cleanup
Doggy Dreamhouse is kept cool with a solar-powered fan
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Doggy Dreamhouse is kept cool with a solar-powered fan
Doggy Dreamhouse features an external storage drawer for food and toys 
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Doggy Dreamhouse features an external storage drawer for food and toys 
Doggy Dreamhouse even has an iPad mount on the wall to ensure the most pampered of pooches are kept entertained
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Doggy Dreamhouse even has an iPad mount on the wall to ensure the most pampered of pooches are kept entertained
Doggy Dreamhouse is being auctioned to raise money for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals charity
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Doggy Dreamhouse is being auctioned to raise money for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals charity

This fine example of barkitecture was designed by Studio Schicketanz for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). It features the kind of sustainable design you'd usually expect to find in a full-size home, including a green roof and solar power.

While it's a lighthearted project, Studio Schicketanz clearly put a lot of effort into the aptly-named Doggy Dreamhouse. It was constructed by Lewis Builders and is made primarily from wood. It's topped by a green roof comprising grass atop chicken wire, gardening fabric, dirt, and waterproofing.

The roof is accessed by a ramp and sports a motion-activated faucet that provides both irrigation for the grass and hydration for thirsty dogs. There's an exterior-accessed storage compartment for toys and food, too.

Doggy Dreamhouse even has an iPad mount on the wall to ensure the most pampered of pooches are kept entertained
Doggy Dreamhouse even has an iPad mount on the wall to ensure the most pampered of pooches are kept entertained

We've no word on its size, but judging by the photos, the Doggy Dreamhouse will clearly only fit a pint-sized pup. Its interior has a solar-powered cooling fan, an iPad mount on the wall, a drain, and an operable wall for easier access when cleaning. The floor is also decked out in the same rubberized stuff used in children's playgrounds.

If you'd like to get your paws on the Doggy Dreamhouse, it's being auctioned next week, with the proceeds going to SPCA. Head to the Carmel Canine Cottages Competition website for more details.

Quite a few architecture firms have turned their talent to producing animal homes for a good cause, and the results are always interesting, including these cat shelters by the likes of HOK and Perkins + Will, and these dog shelters by Zaha Hadid Architects and more.

Source: Studio Schicketanz

2 comments
MerlinGuy
This is a joke, right? Otherwise it must be for some California celebrity who actually thinks this is cool and not a blatant show of conspicuous consumption. No way you will get a mower up there so I guess the gardener will have to keep the grass cut by hand.
Paul Muad'Dib
Well, if nothing else at least it's adorable.