Open House II | Dog House

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This is a small addition we completed for our client’s dogs as part of the Open House anthology, which began with Open House I.

It is part of a series of additions and renovations commissioned after the completion of Open House II in 2017: a dining pavilion facing the swimming pool, an extension to their Asian kitchen, a nursery for their first grandchild above the ‘ruai’ gallery, a downstairs bedroom for grandma; a bar store-cum-greenhouse and now a TV room and a kennel for four dogs with a garden so that they can run about.

Some friends wondered why the design and construction of a kennel would require an architect – surely a builder and a clear brief stating the physical requirements would do?

Perhaps. But not if the client sees the addition as a continual extension to the house, and the architect sees it as the continuation of their professional and personal relationship. We also saw the project as a means for the office to:

  1. Exercise design thinking,
  2. Try out new methods of construction,
  3. Train a new member of staff,
  4. Widen our project portfolio (this is our first dog house), and
  5. Earn fees to pay for this new member of staff.

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