Back for another year, we are delighted to welcome back Barkitecture to Goodwoof for 2024. Barkitecture is vastly becoming Britain’s leading kennel design competition which will once again produce an array of unique and outstanding kennel designs as well-renowned architects turn their talents to creating the perfect home for our four-legged friends.
The theme for next year’s competition is Lounge Access: For the Jet-Setting Dog, with architects challenged to design a kennel that creates a sense of calm and tranquillity for dogs accompanying us on our travels. Now more than ever – whether short or long haul – our jet-setting pets are becoming frequent travellers on planes, trains, bikes and automobiles.
The journey is just as important as the destination when it comes to the consideration for creature comforts. The design must provide the ultimate environment for a dog to travel in both style and safety, with all kennels being auctioned by Bonhams at Goodwoof on Sunday 19 May.
Judged by designer and television presenter Kevin McCloud MBE and comedian Bill Bailey in 2023, the competition – where architects designed the ultimate retreat for the ‘office dog’ – was won by Gianni Botsford Architects with ‘BASK’, which fetched £900 at auction for Pets as Therapy. Gianni Botsford Architects will once again be submitting a design for next year’s competition alongside Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects (winners in 2022), George and James Architects and Hall + Bednarczyk.
The competition raised a grand total of £26,050 for Goodwoof’s 2023 charity partner, Pets as Therapy, as 13 kennels went under the hammer during the Bonhams Auction. Next year the competition and auction hope to build on this fundraising success as the event raises money for Goodwoof’s new charity partner, Jai Dog Rescue, which provides a lifeline for hundreds of thousands of stray dogs seeking sanctuary in Thailand.
Don’t miss out on seeing the beautiful kennels on display at Goodwoof on Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 May 2024. Save £5 on your Goodwoof experience with our early bird ticket offer, kids and dogs go free with all activities included.