2017 / Flora And Fauna / Devices, gadgets or products not made for humans / Professional

The Dog Room

  • Prizes
    Silver in Flora and fauna/Devices, gadgets or products not made for humans
  • Company
    Made By Pen, Australia
  • Lead Designer
    Michael Ong
  • Design Team
    Susan Chung, Michael Ong
  • Project Link

The guiding principle for The Dog Room was to
create a design equally for owner and dog.

Through research and observation it was noticed
that dogs prefer to find a cave-like shelter when
"finding their spot”. The Dog Room was
designed to support this behaviour with its half
covered entry.

The Dog Room’s pitched-roof form is an
iconographic reference to our idea of ‘home'. The
minimalist aesthetic, in conjunction with its
materials, gives The Dog Room a sense of
texture and quality that complements any interior
or exterior fit out. To support durability for
external use the design includes a raised base,
aluminium portal frame, water resistant
panels and rubber seals.

A common issue from owners with their existing
dog kennels is odour build up, which mostly
emanates from the floor. To prevent this, The Dog
Room has a removable bed that allows easy
cleaning. The mattress is a charcoal based
memory foam composite, which has the unique
ability to filter and absorb bacteria and odour.
Two vent holes at the rear allow for natural cross
ventilation to help cool the room, but also
passively reduce odour build up. 

Photo Credit: Made By Pen