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What Happens When You Let Architects Design Cat Houses

Cat: Can I please just have my cardboard box back?

  • <p><a href="http://www.callisonrtkl.com/" target="_blank">CallisonRTKL</a>'s entry, Cat Sil-houette, riffs on the mysterious personalities cats have.</p>
  • <p>The Lunar Cat Lander by <a href="http://www.knowhowshopla.com/" target="_blank">KnowHow Shop</a> imagines a cosmic abode.</p>
  • <p>"We're giving the cat the freedom to see the world while safely being shielded from it," says <a href="http://www.abramsonteiger.com/" target="_blank">Abramson Teiger Architects</a>.</p>
  • <p>"Teatro de Gato offers our furry friends the chance to take the stage—or backstage—and for humans to take a seat," says <a href="http://www.pfeifferpartners.com/" target="_blank">Pfeiffer Partners Architects</a>.</p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.standardarchitecture.com/" target="_blank">Standard Architecture</a>'s California Catcube features concrete for thermal mass and teak louvers for ventilation.</p>
  • <p>HOK's catSCAPE features repeating modules.</p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.lehrerarchitects.com/" target="_blank">Lehrer Architects</a> designed a piece that plays with the notion of solid and void.</p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.rnldesign.com/" target="_blank">RNL Design</a>'s entry, String Theory.</p>
  • <p>DSH Architecture's Spiral Kitty cone is made entirely of 3D-printed components and using no framework or adhesives. It also glows in the dark.</p>
  • <p>The entire structure of Cat-à-Tête by Formation Association and Buro Happold is composed of a felt-like material made from recycled plastic bottles.</p>
  • <p>The Catleidoscope by Perkins+Will explores the relationship between the observer and the observed.</p>
  • <p>WORD's cat shelter is "a place for them to enjoy the things they love best—eating, sleeping, climbing," the firm says.</p>
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    CallisonRTKL's entry, Cat Sil-houette, riffs on the mysterious personalities cats have.

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    The Lunar Cat Lander by KnowHow Shop imagines a cosmic abode.

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    "We're giving the cat the freedom to see the world while safely being shielded from it," says Abramson Teiger Architects.

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    "Teatro de Gato offers our furry friends the chance to take the stage—or backstage—and for humans to take a seat," says Pfeiffer Partners Architects.

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    Standard Architecture's California Catcube features concrete for thermal mass and teak louvers for ventilation.

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    HOK's catSCAPE features repeating modules.

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    Lehrer Architects designed a piece that plays with the notion of solid and void.

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    RNL Design's entry, String Theory.

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    DSH Architecture's Spiral Kitty cone is made entirely of 3D-printed components and using no framework or adhesives. It also glows in the dark.

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    The entire structure of Cat-à-Tête by Formation Association and Buro Happold is composed of a felt-like material made from recycled plastic bottles.

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    The Catleidoscope by Perkins+Will explores the relationship between the observer and the observed.

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    WORD's cat shelter is "a place for them to enjoy the things they love best—eating, sleeping, climbing," the firm says.

Furry felines are already adorable, but put them inside a swanky house, and it's instant swoon territory. To raise awareness for the estimated 3 million stray cats in L.A. and benefit the spay-neuter organization FixNation, Architects for Animals invited local designers to build shelters for a charity auction. Cue inevitable cuteness.

The participating firms—HOK, Perkins+Will, Lehrer Architects, Abramson Teiger Architects, DSH Architecture, Standard Architecture, Formation Association, KnowHow Shop, RNL Design, Pfeiffer Partners Architects, CallisonRTKL, and WORD—contributed structures that were sculptural, practical, and clever. (Never mind that the cats themselves would probably be just as content in a cardboard box.)

The fan favorite when the structures made their big reveal was Cat Bowl by Abramson Teiger Architects—a wood form based on a yin-yang symbol. HOK built a Jenga-like wood megastructure that is a personal stand-out, and so is DSH's prismatic tepee. Click through the gallery above to see them all. Still can't get enough? (We don't blame you.) Check out Architect for Animals' previously auctioned cat houses here.

All Images: Meghan Bob Photography via Fix Nation