Every year Architects get together to celebrate those four-legged friends most of us refer to as children. The goal is simple: Raise awareness and donations through your good design. In turn local area animal care organizations receive those funds to continue with their good causes.
Tennis Ball House: It made sense to me, dogs love tennis balls, and the weather in Texas is nearly too hot for a dog to sleep in when the walls are enclosed. So I designed a transformable dog house that can be changed to accommodate the weather. During the summer the tennis balls are placed in the roof to shade the dog house interior. This allows the wired sides to receive full breezes while maintaining a “secure” home. Then during the winter, the balls are placed in the sides, shielding the interior from wind, and allowing the translucent roof to receive direct sunlight into the interior. To top off this design, all materials (sans the screws and roof) were made from recycled/reused components… even the tennis balls – retired from a local tennis club. Of course the balls are always ready for their most important function, “catch”.