Foster + Companions crafts "acquainted and cozy" flat-pack canine kennel

British structure studio Foster + Companions has collaborated with plywood producer Isokon to create a flat-pack canine kennel for Goodwoof’s annual Barkitecture competitors.

The mattress is characterised by its arched cover constituted of a skinny, versatile sheet of plywood – one in every of its self-assembly elements that may be put collectively and brought aside to allow them to be saved simply.

The kennel’s roof takes the type of a easy plywood arch

The kennel was created for the 2023 iteration of the Barkitecture competitors, which is run by Goodwood. this yr the organisation challenged architects and designers to think about the constructive impression that canine have on folks, particularly in office environments.

“It’s a delight to current our design at Goodwoof, for the second yr operating,” stated Norman Foster. “We now have used a refined palette of supplies to create Barc, a flat pack kennel that responds to the ever-evolving nature of the office.”

White dog in plywood kennel on grey backdrop
Barc offers a secure, enclosed area for canine to chill out

The kennel’s base is shaped from a pair of dowels into which the cover is secured.

The bent plywood part is held in place by a pairs of dowels affixed widthways, which assist a material sling enclosing a cushioned pad constituted of coconut husks. The dowels are held in place by 4 picket screws.

Flat-lay of kennel components
It consists of 11 separate items

The mattress was constituted of environmentally pleasant supplies and designed so it may be dissembled to be maintained or have components changed.

“The sparing use of fabric and element is rooted within the concept of sustainability – to do extra with much less,” stated Foster + Companions.

“Our design may be simply scaled as much as accommodate bigger breeds,” Foster + Companions senior accomplice Russell Hales instructed Dezeen.

“Barc will are available in three sizes – small, medium and huge – so it may be residence to a wide range of totally different canine.”

Hand tightening wooden screw on side of dog bed
The mattress may be screwed collectively by hand

“We now have seen many canine having fun with the kennel, together with Oskar the West Highland Terrier, who options in our pictures,” Hales continued.

“Attributable to its inherent flexibility, Barc creates a well-known and cozy area for canine companions, at their proprietor’s facet.”

Flat-lay of kennel components
The mattress is constituted of sustainable supplies

Barc is Foster + Companions’ second submission to the competitors – its 2022 entry was a faceted, enclosed pet mattress constituted of geodesically-carved cherry wooden.

Different kennel designs that have been featured within the competitors final yr embody a futuristic pet mattress knowledgeable by Star Wars by RSHP and a kennel lined with a colonnade of picket bone-shaped motifs by Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects.

The images is courtesy of Foster + Companions

Barc was unveiled at Goodwoof, which came about on Saturday 20 Might and Sunday 21 Might 2023. See Dezeen Occasions Information for an inventory of different structure and design occasions going down around the globe.