From Brian Pickard:
When my parents said they wanted a doghouse, some friends and I did what we do best… go slightly overboard.
We began our process by studying the form of a typical doghouse, and how it was used, and using the information we gathered to establish a set of goals and necessary modifications, such as providing covered exterior space, providing separate feeding and sleeping areas, and improving protection from the elements while maintaining natural light and views to the exterior.
Given the average full-grown size of the breed of dog the house was being designed for, we took the form of the typical doghouse and began to systematically and diagrammatically transform and fragment the volume until the house functioned the way we intended it to. The result paid homage to late modernism in both its form and minimalist detailing.
We consciously kept the construction and materials selection simple, as we wanted to inspire others to create more mini works of modern architecture, and wanted our final product to be both elegant and achievable.
All of the materials used were non-toxic, animal friendly, and readily available, including salvaged wood from other projects and recycled acrylic window panels.
Durability was also a major consideration as the house had to withstand the temperature extremes and high winds of the American Midwest for the lifespan of the dog.
Altogether we, and more importantly my parents’ dog Nash, were very pleased with the final product and hope that it will inspire others to design and build better homes for their pets.