Check Out These Cat Shelters LA Architects Designed for Strays


Last week, Architects for Animals hosted an exhibition of cat shelters designed by some of Los Angeles's top architectural firms. The popular event is a fundraiser for FixNation, a local nonprofit that seeks to reign in LA's large population of stray cats by providing humane sterilization services. Architects for Animals routinely receives a host of creative and intriguing shelter designs, and this year was no exception. Highlights included a design by HOK that featured a fishbowl with real fish, a shelter by Knowhow Shop meant to resemble a lunar lander, and an imposing gray structure built in a collaboration between three firms (Formation AssociationArktura, and Buro Happold) with the aim of giving cats the opportunity for private, face-to-face contact. The winner of the public vote was Abramson Teiger Architects for their design, which puts cats in a fishbowl-shaped structure with multiple lookout points.

Also on display at the event: a collection of cat bowls hand-painted by celebrities. These bowls, now up for auction, include whimsical illustrations from William ShatnerBetty WhiteBill Nye, and Clint Eastwood—because who wouldn't want their cat eating from a bowl decorated by Clint Eastwood?

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