NYC Architects Create Stylish Shelters for City’s Street Cats

Thu, Dec 22, 2011

Gifts & Miscellaneous

NYC-based Architects for Animals held their second annual Giving Shelter benefit earlier this month. This event brings together world-class architects and designers to create unique shelters for outdoor cats. Proceeds from the event go to benefit the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals and following the event, all of the shelters are donated to NYC’s community cat caretakers for use by the city’s outdoor cats to help them through the cold winter season.

I’m not sure how practical some of these designs are, but there are certainly some stunning concepts, and the use of materials is definitely inspiring. I love the giant ball of twine and the layered industrial felt cocoon, both from last year’s event.

Participants have included design teams from H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, FXFOWLE, Co Adaptive Architecture, Tietz-Baccon, Cannon Design, Davis Brody Bond, Steelcase, The Switzer Group, Mauricio Lopez, The American Street Cat, Gage / Clemenceau Architects, RMJM, Ryall Porter Architects, and Zimmerman Workshop.

Some very lucky cats will be getting a housing upgrade! I look forward to seeing more designs next year.

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15 Responses to “NYC Architects Create Stylish Shelters for City’s Street Cats”

  1. 1
    Jennifer

    The possibilities shown here are really intriguing. I would love to participate in a challenge like this!

  2. 2
    gewel

    wickedly amazing.
    -more please :)

  3. 3
    Ing

    Wonderful project. There can’t be done enough for outdoor cats without a home.

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  5. 5
    Liz

    These are great! I’m so glad someone’s looking out for the cats in this cold weather.

  6. 6
    Lina C

    Blessings to NYC for taking care of God’s smallest creatures.

  7. 7
    Margaret

    WOW!! Excellent ideas!! I am so glad to see this, my heart really goes out to all the “homeless” kitties of the world (if I could house them all, I would!), and I am always glad to see someone doing something positive for the cause!!

  8. 8
    jmuhj

    LOVE everything about this. The hay bale design has been taken up a level, btw, by Leo Grillo at D.E.L.T.A. Rescue (see their site) and is a cost-effective and practical way to shelter those who are in need.

  9. 9
    katboxjanitor

    A couple of these are stunning….the big twine ball stumps me tho…

    The Hardy shelter would be very sturdy for the community cats…if the tubes are indeed concrete forms.

  10. 10
    DeKa

    Wow! God’s Blessings to all who love His creatures, both small and large! Happy Holidays!!

  11. 11
    Teresa

    >_< I hate to say this,and this is no reflection on the architects,but the mayors alliance LIVES to clean th animals off the streets and euthanize as many of them as possible.
    I would know,I fight them daily on this.
    These abodes will be used to easily trap more cats,so they can kill more cats.
    I weep at seeing this.

  12. 12
    moderncat

    @Theresa let’s hope that’s not the case and that the caretakers who receive these shelters are able to put them to good use to protect their colonies.

  13. 13
    Auriette

    I like the very last one that looks like a spaceship. And I’m sure the cats will really enjoy the cube of twine (which my cats would just try to eat).

  14. 14
    Deb Barnes - Zee and Zoey

    I have a dear friend in the Miami area who takes care of a colony of cats. She does it out of pure love – all she wants is for these cats to co-exist in the community with a little respect and dignity. It is an uphill battle to say the least for her. She desparately needs protective shelters for her kitties and I am going to share this story with her. Then, I read Theresa’s comment from above and my heart broke. I hope as you do, Kate, that this is not the case and that good comes out of this.

    Happy Holidays to all and extra special blessings to those who devote themselves to taking care of cats in need.

  15. 15
    Teresa

    I hope so.I hope so….


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