• 01.03.12

Swanky Shelters To Keep Stray Cats Warm In The Winter

Gratuitous cat-itecture ahead!

Swanky Shelters To Keep Stray Cats Warm In The Winter

Cat people, prepare to “awwwww” all over the place: Architects have designed cozy winter shelters for New York City’s stray felines.


The second annual Giving Shelter design competition asked architects to create paw prints, sorry, blueprints, for winter refuges that could save homeless outdoor cats from the season’s frosty temperatures. The competition drew marquee firms–including H3 Hardy Collaboration, FXFowle, and RMJM–who dreamed up everything from a futuristic pod made of cardboard rolls to a groovy hut covered in neon-red shag carpet (for the city’s wannabe mod kitties?).

[The winning design, by Co Adaptive and Kathryn Walton, includes a data-monitoring device that sends info to a base station, such as how long a cat stays in the shelter and how much it weighs. (This one looks like it could break the scale.)]

The shelters and proceeds went to the NYC Feral Cat Initiative, a program that uses humane, no-kill methods to reduce the feral-cat population.

[H3 Hardy Collaboration built this futuristic shelter out of cardboard rolls]
[A design by FXFowle]

[Images: happykiddo, Dana Edelson]

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.