Since 2005, the Texas charity event Barkitecture Austin has drawn lovers of canines and cutting-edge design. The event continues to grow in popularity, and this year, 16 Austin-area architects, interior designers and builders showcased their style and creativity with innovative doghouse designs. The creations were auctioned off at the end of the event, with all proceeds benefiting nonprofit pet-adoption group Austin Pets Alive.
What’s better than a doghouse? A multifunctional coffee table that doubles as a doghouse. The fabrication process involved precision-cutting cabinet-grade maple with a CNC (computer numerical control) machine to mimic the landscape. Plexiglas was then cut and polished to resemble ice. The piece was assembled using furniture and cabinetry hardware. Custom tempered glass sheets were added to the sides and top as the final step.
The three modular pieces that make up the Acute House by GSC Architects can be configured into multiple layouts and even two separate doghouses. The charred wood used in the construction offers protection from the elements and insects, and is durable and rot-resistant. A separate piece supplies toy storage and a trough for water.
The Bark-Kart by Troo Designs is a multipurpose bar cart and dog feeding station. It’s made from reclaimed materials with built-in storage for dog food, supplements and treats. Easily portable thanks to its lockable casters, it is suitable even for small spaces that need functional mixed-use furniture.
Inspired by the modern farmhouse, Barker Farmhouse by HA Architecture is clean and modern, with a singular touch of whimsy. The doghouse’s cube-shaped barn form features classic woodworking. The wood base is doweled together to minimize the use of anchors and is finished in an ebony stain. Whitewashed walls create a nice contrast to the wood. A blackened metal extension rod supports a floating bamboo vase to add an unexpected playful aesthetic.
Material selections play a big part in keeping the Carson Design Associates Air Bark n' Bark doghouse mobile. Large wagon wheels hold up a wood base, and luxury vinyl tile is used for waterproof roofing and the easily cleanable floor. The wood used is reclaimed.