Despite their futuristic look, these buildings are not part of a Sci-Fi movie. Instead, they are modern cat houses built for stray and feral cats. These designs were created by 14 U.S. architecture firms as part of a fundraiser for Architects for Animals. This is a nonprofit organization that aims to raises awareness for animals by building better shelters to house them.
The cat houses offer the animals refuge, protection from the harsh outside world and even a playground, something stray cats rarely receive. All of these cat houses were designed pro-bono. Afterwards they were donated to FixNation, a free Los Angeles-based spray-and-neuter group. Some houses are built in a way to offer them refuge from predators. Cats can squeeze in any space that has the same width as their head so Formation Association + Edgar Arceneaux architecture firm designed their shelter with a ‘continuous rib system’ which forms ‘sanctuary spaces and safe passages for feral cats.’
One of these cat houses stores warmth over the day and slowly releases it at night. In this way, the cats that seek shelter in that house will remain warm no matter how much the temperatures drop. Another design is made to acts as both refuge for the cats and sitting place for humans. It could be placed in a park or even a yard.
Some teams even used their own pets as inspiration. The team at Abramson Teiger Architects talked about their design and said: “We rescued a pair of cats from a woman who kept them outdoors. We tried to keep them inside but these two brothers let us know differently. So we wanted to build a structure on our porch where they spend most of the day, and a den like enclosure that would keep them warm and dry at night. Using left over siding from our house, and a and a plastic bin my 11-year-old son and I built this structure for $20.”
What do you think of this project? Are these cat houses useful for stray cats?
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