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Southgate Road architect builds luxury ‘Japanese’ dog kennel with exposed beams (but it’s all for charity)

PUBLISHED: 17:01 29 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:28 01 February 2018

The Inu-Goya kennel was inspired by the architects' resident Shiba Inu Alfie. Picture: Brian O'’Tuama Architects

The Inu-Goya kennel was inspired by the architects' resident Shiba Inu Alfie. Picture: Brian O'’Tuama Architects

Brian O’Tuama Architects

Try this for peak Islington: a luxury Japanese-themed dog kennel, complete with exposed beams and traditional straw matting, has been handcrafted by a Southgate Road architect to raise cash for charity.

Brian O'’Tuama Architects' design for a Japanese-themed dog kennel. Picture: Brian O’Tuama Architects Brian O'’Tuama Architects' design for a Japanese-themed dog kennel. Picture: Brian O’Tuama Architects

The unusual doggy dream house, designed by Brian O’Tuama Architects, has special slots for dog toys, a slant roof, windows and fashionable wooden beams.

It will now be auctioned off in aid of animal charity the Blue Cross.

The Oriental inspiration came from Alfie, a Japanese Shiba Inu, who keeps the design team company in the studio.

Upon closer inspection, its two “chimneys” are actually funnels for food and water. A diagram for the Inu-Goya (Japanese for “kennel”) also proudly points out the “dog tatami” floor matting. Tatami is a traditional lightweight Japanese building material usually made from straw.

The kennel includes fake chimneys for food and water. Picture: Brian O'’Tuama Architects The kennel includes fake chimneys for food and water. Picture: Brian O'’Tuama Architects

The dog house has indoor and outdoor spaces and you can see through some of the walls. The firm said this would let Alfie “always keep a watchful eye on the world around him”.

If you think this is for you (or your dog), it will be up for auction in May 2018, alongside a collection of other unique kennels by various designers.

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