Barkitecture shortlist revealed

07th March 2024
Meet the architects who are are through to the final of Barkitecture.

It’s not all about motor racing here at Goodwood. Now in its third year, members, staff and dogs alike are primed for the return of Goodwoof presented by MARS Petcare on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May.

Following the success of one of the weekend’s highlights, we’re delighted to share that the highly anticipated Barkitecture competition is back with a bang (or should we say bark?).

Curated by Kevin McCloud MBE and The Duke of Richmond, Barkitecture will return with an array of unique and outstanding kennel designs as distinguished architects turn their talents to creating the perfect home for our four-legged companions. This year, the theme is all about travelling in style with the title Lounge Access: For the Jet-Setting Dog.

Without further ado, meet the Barkitecture shortlist

The entrants have been challenged to design a kennel that creates a sense of calm and tranquility for dogs on the move.

And the best part? All shortlisted kennels will be auctioned by Bonhams at Goodwoof, raising vital funds for this year’s event charity, Jai Dog Rescue who transform the lives of stray dogs in Thailand.

George & James Architects Ltd

Following on from their “Agility Desk” design last year, which facilitated interaction between a dog and their owner at work, the Midhurst-based firm return with “Archi’s Travel Trunk.” Designed to fit in the boot of a car, the concept trunk is intended to whisk a jet-setting canine companion to the airport in style.

Hall + Bednarczyk

Hall + Bednarczyk will be returning to the 2024 competition with their concept “Headrush”. Based on the familiar sight of a dog enjoying a car journey with its head out the window, the design imagines a dog doing just this – but rather aptly, in a racing car.

Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

Known for their playful approach to the brief, “Dash-Hound” is inspired by the safe nurturing environment of puppies nestled underneath their mother. The design is placed upon a skateboard, intended to make the kennel’s proprietor feel safe when on the move. Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects won first place in 2022 with “Bonehenge”, which was inspired by the characteristics of a dog circling before settling down – could they take top spot again?

Gianni Botsford Architects

Gianni Botsford Architects took part in the competition in 2023 with their entry “Bask!” which subsequently won and was bought by The Duke of Richmond. This year’s concept, “Bask II”, is an extension of last year’s winning kennel and pays homage to the warmth and geometry of sunlight enhancing a dog's much-loved bask in sunlight creating a direct “sun-trap”.

Grimshaw Architecture

New to Barkitecture, Grimshaw Architecture hosted an internal competition across their worldwide offices including Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Dubai, Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland to see who could put forward the most creative designs for this year’s competition. Submitting two concepts to this year’s competition, “Issey Miyappy” – can be used in a multitude of ways. The foldable dome creates a shelter for the dog which can be easily rolled up and packed away for transportation.

Sebastian Conran and Beta Design Office

Conran and Partners took part in Barkitecture in 2023 with “Bowowhaus” – a nomadic German Shepherd’s hut – and are back with their concept “Moon Dog”. The design is a groundbreaking dog carrier, akin to a space pod meeting a utilitarian motorcycle which focuses on a whole other realm of travel.

Marek Reichman

Entering Barkitecture for the first time, Marek Reichman for Aston Martin has submitted a kennel concept “DBK-9” designed for toy dog breeds. The bag-like kennel has a handle to allow for either handheld or shoulder use. The pivot function allows for the product to transform easily from a flat surface into a dome which shelters the dog.

Hawkes Architecture

Following their “The Dogs” concept in 2023, Hawkes Architecture will be returning to 2024 with their submission “Gudruff”. The design resembles the shell of a tortoise which acts as a shelter over the dog and is crafted from cotswold stone for a slightly slower but effective form of transportation.

Lincoln Miles Architecture

Following on from participating in the competition in 2022 with “Le Cork et Modular Dog” constructed entirely from cork, Lincoln Miles is back with “Time Traveller”. The concept represents an intergalactic time-zone transportation device. The structure will have attachments such as trolley wheels for airports and trains, a sun visor and can be laid on its side, slightly deflated of air, to create the perfect sleeping bed.

Chapman Taylor LLP

New to the competition for 2024, Chapman Taylor LLP’s submission this year – “Pawtable” – resembles a square frame which allows for a multitude of kennel configurations depending on their specific function or the needs of the dog, meaning dogs of all shapes and sizes can fully enjoy the kennel. The kennel can be assembled as a travel crate or taken apart to act as a bed.

Maria Trif, winner of the 2023 Student Barkitecture competition, has gone on to work for Chapman Taylor LLP following her graduation – and has assisted with the design of “Pawtable”.

David Snowdon and Matthew Rice

David Snowdon and Matthew Rice will be entering the Barkitecture competition this year with “The Snowdon Mobile Kennel”. The kennel reflects a colourful dome which can be worn as a backpack for easy transportation designed for any small dog. The kennel will be handmade by a willow craftsman.

Secure your place at Goodwoof 2024 to see all of the amazing architect's kennels on display. Remember, children under 12 and all dogs (big and small) go free! Plus, all activities are included in your ticket price.



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