There are beautiful spaces for humans, and there are beautiful home accessories for our pets.
Then there’s animal-inspired design taken to a whole new level.
Pet-tecture: Design for Pets by Phaidon gathers striking adobes that stun with beauty and thoughtfulness – although, unlike many of the human homes we’ve seen to date, these structures are dedicated solely to animals.
The works of architects and designers from around the world feature in this tome, a collection of more than 200 designs by the likes of Nendo, Shigeru Ban, Sou Fujimoto, Kenya Hara, MAD Architects, and even Ikea. The designs run the gamut from a salvaged metal roost for birds, to nesting spaces for bees; 3D-printed fish tanks to luxury chicken coops.
In addition to a description of each design next to beautiful photography, the book includes pet-themed quotes throughout the pages, as well as a listing of stores that stock the items featured.
Here’s a look at some of the most beautiful homes ever designed for pets, from the pages of Pet-tecture: Design for Pets.
Designed by Grégoire de Laforrest, this bird cage features glass enclosures above and below the horizontal surface to allow its winged creatures to flit about as they wish. It also doubles as a desk for human companions.
Photography by Jérôme Galland, courtesy of Phaidon
This sculptural perch designed by Oliver Kriege for WOHNBLOCK lets cats climb, pounce, and rest with their restlessness on full show – while serving as a statement piece itself for the home.
Photography courtesy of Phaidon
Heads or Trails
Designed by Nendo, this stylish foldable dog home works either as a hut or a couch.
Photography by Akihiro Yoshida courtesy of Phaidon
Joyce Hwang's Ants of the Prairie is behind this vertical cave for bats, complete with thin slits for their entry around the structure, and a dark, cool roof for their night time roost.
Photography by Joyce Hwang, courtesy of Phaidon
There couldn't be a more luxurious home for your pet than this suite by Chiavari for FORMA Italia, which features a lacquered exterior – also available in black – and white gloss interiors, with a cushion in faux cow fur or leather secured through magnets.
Photography by Joe Kesrouani, courtesy of Phaidon
This cat home designed by Los Angeles-based SPACE International also doubles as a chaise longue – a house for the cat, and a piece of furniture its human's home.
Photography © Joshua White – JWPictures.com, courtesy of Phaidon
Designed by Bloom Room for Chimère Edition, this beautiful rocking home for birds is made of solid oak and steel.
Photography by Chimère Edition, courtesy of Phaidon
Pet-tecture is available at Phaidon.
All photography courtesy of Phaidon