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September 19, 2014
In Los Angeles, a fundraiser celebrates modern architecture for felines.
Cat Cube by Standard Architecture | Design

The Cat Cube by Standard Architecture | Design of Los Angeles has two openings and is made with reclaimed wood and concrete. The concrete heats up during the day to provide strays with a source of warmth at night.

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Grey Crawford
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RTKL MEOW cat house

The MEOW cat house by RTKL was inspired by classic modernist typography. The large-scale letters provide nooks and crannies for cats to explore.

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Konnect PR
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Cat Chalet by Space Int'l

The Cat Chalet by Space Int'l has a plush interior furnished with recycled carpet remnants. The vertical supports are wrapped in sisal rope.

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Joshua White, JWPictures.com
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Rubber Fishy by NAC Architecture

NAC Architecture built the Rubber Fishy with cast-off items—including rubber-base samples, plywood scraps, and carpet tiles—found around its offices.

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Grey Crawford
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Cat's Cradle by DSH Architecture

DSH Architecture used five aluminum Hula Hoops, woven with a spiral cat's cradle of rayon webbing, to create a playful perch for cats.

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Grey Crawford
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HOK cat shelter

The pentagonal profile that is a recurring motif in HOK's cat shelter references traditional housing shapes. The idea was to create a design that could be replicated and built with a kit-of-parts-style of assembly.

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Grey Crawford
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HABICAT by Pfeiffer Partners Architects

HABICAT by Pfeiffer Partners Architects is a multi-unit cat shelter with carpeted surfaces and multiple hidey-holes with views. Lightweight and sturdy, it was built with common construction materials.

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Found Animals
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Cat shelter by Abramson Teiger Architects

Douglas Teiger, managing principal at Abramson Teiger Architects of Culver City, designed and built this cat house with his 11-year-old son, Jared, using leftover cedar siding and an old plastic box. The total cost: under $20.

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Grey Crawford
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Feral Cat Shelter by Formation Association and Edgar Arcenaux

A cat can squeeze into any space that is at least as wide as its skull. This Feral Cat Shelter, the product of a collaboration between the design firm Formation Association and the artist Edgar Arceneaux, is definited by an undulating rib system that creates sanctuaries for cats while fending off would-be predators.

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Grey Crawford
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Kitty Condo by RNL

The Kitty Condo by RNL offers cats multiple turf-lined vantage points for surveying their surroundings, some of them partially obsucred by layared wooden slats.

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Grey Crawford
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Cat Cube by Standard Architecture | Design

The Cat Cube by Standard Architecture | Design of Los Angeles has two openings and is made with reclaimed wood and concrete. The concrete heats up during the day to provide strays with a source of warmth at night.

More than a dozen of the Los Angeles area’s top architecture and design firms came together at the Herman Miller showroom in Culver City last week to show off modern shelters they had created for a particularly fussy set of clients: cats.

The event, held September 10, was a fundraiser for FixNation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to minimizing cat populations through spaying and neutering, particularly of feral strays.

“The architectural community in Los Angeles is outstanding,” says Karn Myers, a cofounder and the executive director of FixNation. “We are so grateful to the participating design firms who are generously devoting their talent, creativity, and compassion in support of FixNation. Because of FixNation’s programs and the dedication of hundreds of volunteers across the city and county, many cats are able to live healthier, happier lives.

Click through the slideshow to see examples of some of the cat shelters that were on display.

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