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.