Los Angeles Cat-itecture for a Cause

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Animal Architecture - Cat House by Abramson Teiger Architects, Meghan Bob: Architects for Animals, via CityLab

(Abramson Teiger Architects, Meghan Bob: Architects for Animals, via CityLab)

Are you a cat or dog person? If you’re the former, and happen to be an architect or design enthusiast, we pretty much guarantee you will enjoy this post. Do read on. Enjoy. And for those of you who are not cat people, we understand! Dog-lovers, there is always this dog center and world’ largest dog park that could come to north Los Angeles.

Animal Architecture - Cat House by Standard Architecture, Meghan Bob: Architects for Animals, via CityLab

(Standard Architecture, Meghan Bob: Architects for Animals, via CityLab)

Earlier this month, a cadre of twelve designers displayed their luxe cat shelter creations at a sold-out fundraiser in Los Angeles. Architects for Animals hosted the event to help raise money for FixNation, a nonprofit that neuters and spays homeless cats. There was something for every cat and design lover, including a spaceship-inspired shelter and a modernist “Catcube” with movable louvers for temperature control. And then there was the organic form of Abramson Teiger Architects’ shelter and the whimsical, almost Dada-inspired design by Lehrer Architects.

Animal Architecture - Cat House by Knowhow Shop, Meghan Bob: Architects for Animals, via CityLab

(Knowhow Shop, Meghan Bob: Architects for Animals, via CityLab)

Not a fan of contemporary design? The free-admission Feline History Museum in Alliance, Ohio, holds a Cherokee Red custom cat house reportedly designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s office in the 1950s. The cat home was originally created for car dealer Gerald Tonkens’ daughter, Nancy, who had a cat named Felinus. Tonkens wanted the cat house to complement the family’s Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian Automatic home. At one point Tom Monaghan, founder of Dominos Pizza, owned the cat house before it eventually made its way to the museum.

Animal Architecture - Cat House by Lehrer Architects, Meghan Bob: Architects for Animals, via CityLab

(Lehrer Architects, Meghan Bob: Architects for Animals, via CityLab)

And then, for fun: there is a traveling Internet Cat Video Festival, hosted by the Walker Art Center featuring curated cat clips, now touring 20 international cities from Gifu, Japan, to Melbourne, Australia, to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The festival started early January and will run through the first week of August.

Animal Architecture - Cat House by HOK, Meghan Bob: Architects for Animals, via CityLab

(HOK, Meghan Bob: Architects for Animals, via CityLab)

Animal Architecture - Cat House by DSH, Meghan Bob :Architects for Animals, via CityLab

(DSH, Meghan Bob: Architects for Animals, via CityLab)

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