The architects had a variety of styles when it came to their design. A collaboration between Formation Association, Arktura, and BuroHappold resulted in the Cat-à-Tête. It’s meant to provide both an outdoor hiding space for strays, as well as a seating area for humans. The slats let sunlight in and allow the cats to check out what’s going on outside.
“Through various openings, cats enter to the interior of Cat-à-Tête, protected from would-be predators,” according to the firm. “Inside, a circuit of sculptural spaces shaped in a continuous figure eight offers areas of refuge, rest, play, and observation.”
“Cat in a Fish Bowl” by Abramson Teiger Architects is also multifunctional: It works as a side table.
“I’ve always wanted to create a cathouse that really works,” Douglas Teiger tells Interior Design. “Most are gigantic and impractical. For this project I was inspired by the symbol for yin-yang, which is made up of two fish, and represents the dichotomy between opposite energies and how they are connected and interdependent, just like a cat and a fish.”
The participating firms include Abramson Teiger Architects, CallisonRTKL, DSH Architecture, Formation Association, HOK, KnowHow Shop, Lehrer Architects, Pfeiffer Partners Architects, Perkins+Will, RNL Design, Standard Architecture, and Word.