NEWS: Japan House London Announces New Exhibition Architecture for Dogs

The exhibition will run at the venue from the 19th September until the 24th January 2021.

The Japan House London has announced that the internationally acclaimed Architecture for Dogs exhibition will open at the venue from September. It is the first place in Europe to display the exhibition.

Opening to the public on the 19th September, Architecture for Dogs features a collection of sixteen architectural designs for different dog breeds including the Beagle, Bichon Frise and Poodle. The exhibition will be available to visit at the Kensington venue as well as through virtual experiences such as a 3D Tour, online talks and ‘live’ guided tours.

With dogs providing much comfort particularly during these difficult times, the exhibition will offer a insightful exploration of into how it is possible for dogs and their human companions to be at their happiest through interaction with specially designed architectural pieces. Meanwhile, smaller dogs will be able to interact with a number of the designs, such as the “Architecture For Long-Bodied Short-Legged Dogs’ designed by the world renowned architectural practice Atelier Bow-Wow.

Other exhibits on display include:

  • A new home for Snoopy?  – MVRDV presents a playful take on the dog house, with an interactive toy which is at the same time a stimulating environment for the intelligent Beagle breed to enjoy.
  •  Who’s the prettiest of them all? With poodles known for loving their own reflection, Konstantin Grcic has created a fun mirror-led structure for pooches to gaze at themselves
  •   Candy floss cocoon  – inspired by the distinct fur of the Bichon Frise, Sejima Kazuyo has created a hideaway where dog and structure blend into one.

Architecture for Dogs was created and directed by Hara Kenya, Nippon Design Center in conjunction with co-founder Imprint- featuring world-class architects and designers including Hara Kenya himself, Ban Shigeru, Kuma Kengo, Itō Toyō, Sou Fujimoto and Ma Yang Song. It was first on display at the Design Miami in 2012 and has since received global acclaim touring in Japan [Tokyo, Gallery – MA], China [Shanghai, Himalayas Museum] and Brazil [Japan House São Paulo].

Talking about the news, Hara Kenya, Chief Creative Director for the Japan House project and creator of Architecture for Dogs said: “We are delighted that, at the invitation of Japan House London, we are able to take this exhibition to London.   While the architecture is ‘for dogs’, each of the contributors taking part in this unique project is a first class, world renowned architect. Please come and enjoy this cutting-edge architecture exhibition”.

Architecture for Dogs will be on display at the Japan House London from the 19th September until the 24th January 2021.

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