Japan House London launches a free virtual tour of the hit Architecture for Dogs exhibition, showcasing 16 architectural designs specially created by world renowned architects and designers including Asif Khan, Ban Shigeru, Kuma Kengo, Itō Toyō, Sou Fujimoto and Ma Yansong, each made with a different dog breed in mind. This is the first time in the exhibition’s acclaimed global tour that it has been made available online for people to ‘paw’ over in the comfort of their own home.
Powered by 3D technology, the virtual exhibition allows the viewer to step into Japan House London, where the physical exhibition launched in September, and move around the exhibition at their own pace, zooming into each of the architectural designs and discovering more about the designs and their architects via individual pop-up ‘hotspots’ and in-embedded videos created by Yoda Hiroshi in Japan. Links to the Architecture for Dogs website allow visitors to discover more about each piece in detail. Visitors can even design their own architecture for dogs via an in-built submission form and submit their designs to be judged by world-renowned architects and designers, in collaboration with Japan House London.
Works on display include:
- Canine camouflage – Asif Khan presents I See You ! a camouflage-like haven for black dogs to disappear into. Crafted from felted sheep’s wool, this half carpet, half table creation is designed to spark canine interest via smell.
- A new home for Snoopy? – a playful take on the classic doghouse, MVRDV designed a curved gently rocking frame to provide 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
- Made for little legs - designed by Tokyo-based practice Atelier Bow-Wow for a dachshund, the sloped structure of Architecture for Long-Bodied-Short-Legged Dog allows the short-legged dog to climb the frame with ease, while the piece’s length enables the owner to lie down next to their dog.
This family (and pet!) friendly exhibition offers a playful exploration into how it is possible for dogs and their human companions to be at their happiest through interaction with specially designed architectural pieces. Created and directed by Hara Kenya, Nippon Design Center in conjunction with co-founder Imprint, the 2020 European debut of the exhibition saw UK architect Asif Khan specially create a brand-new design entitled I See You !
Blueprints for each design are available for download, allowing guests to step into the minds of some of the world’s most celebrated architects and designers to create their very own four-legged themed work.
The physical exhibition opened for its London debut at Japan House London in September 2020 and will run until 10 January 2021, with the online version joining a series of free virtual experiences now available at www.japanhouselondon.uk.