Friday Findings - October 27th Edition
This week we decided to focus on animals and their influence on architecture. We've gathered articles about the creation of animal crossing bridges to promote animal safety, the inclusion of pet friendly interior design choices in homes, architects who've designed homes specifically for cats, and even a hotel specifically dedicated to feline friends.
Why You'll See More Animal Crossings in the Future
When driving along the road you may often see warning signs of animal crossings. While some areas think a sign is sufficient, others are considering building animal crossings above roads that will allow wildlife to safely cross human-made barriers like highways.
You can learn more about them here.
Who Said Playgrounds Were Not for Pets?
Though you may be led to believe we're talking about dog parks, in this instance, we're talking about cats having an opportunity for play. If you're a cat owner then you already know how that your cat is the ruler of the household. To them, you are just the nuisance in their way. The designers of these 6 homes, seem to have accepted their inferiority to pets by designing feline-friendly features that allow the cats to explore the home with ease and in some cases, extreme stealth.
You can discover all of the designs here.
A Hotel Just for Cats
Malaysia has opened the "world's first" five-star hotel for cats called Catzonia. The 35-room hotel operated by feline-loving staff is similar to a hotel that humans would frequent. Among the numerous amenities, the hotel features a spa, grooming services, temperature controlled rooms and a "dating service" for female cats.
You can read about the hotel here.
When Architects Design Cat Houses
In an attempt to raise awareness for the estimated 3 million stray cats in Los Angeles, Architects for Animals invited local designers to build cat shelters for a charity auction. The structures were intended to be sculptural, practical, and clever.
Read the full article about the design teams involved and the houses built here.