Architects for Animals “Giving Shelter” exhibit is back, and as innovative as ever

Can’t We All Get Along, by HKS


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Sprouting from the slatted wooden frame of this shelter are three bird houses, though it would be unwise for birds to stray too close. The main structure is shaped like the tail end of a fish, offering the cats a cosy nook away from the world.
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HOK


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This seven-chambered shelter is uniquely shaped, offering safety from the elements for multiple cats. The interiors are filled with soft felt whilst the tubes are contained in a faux-wood exterior to protect them, making the design appropriate for both indoor and outdoor use.
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Knowhow Shop


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Described by the designers as a ‘lunar lander module’, this shelter is set on a feather covered base. It is clad in tiny shingles and formed of two shapes with irregular openings, offering cats both protection and entertainment whilst they lounge.
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Cat’s Win! Cat’s Win! By Kollin Altomare Architects


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A pair of ramps lead up from either side to the central platform of this shelter, which is sandwiched by two halves of a blue ‘W’. Inside is a material pole for cats to scratch and sharpen their claws and the structure allows multiple cats to share the space.
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UnFurled, by Perkins + Will


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Built as an interchangeable and interacting kit-of-parts, this design can be taken apart and reassembled. Made with a series of wooden grids, the coil-shaped shelter is scalable and offers cats a stimulating environment as well as refuge.
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Stantec


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Inspired by a cat’s arched back, this design features two curved plywood frames with taut red string pulled between them for cats to play with. Set below the frame is a bed offering different areas for cats to rest when they tire.
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Catosphere, by Standard Architecture


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This shelter centres on a pod that is raised on brass legs and fitted with a cat bed. The wooden walls of the structure were made with reclaimed wood, and can be opened and closed depending on the weather, giving cats a snug space to nap.
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