Architects' Clever Cat-Shelter Solutions

NAC Architecture's Rubber Fishy structure
Grey Crawford/Architectural DigestNAC Architecture's colorful outdoor shelter for cats includes a "green" design feature.
By Rebecca Bates

In Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's, the enigmatic Holly Golightly says of her beloved nameless cat, "We just sort of took up by the river one day, we don't belong to each other: He's an independent, and so am I." In the novella, Golightly disappears, and the cat is spotted months later, resettled and peering contentedly out of an apartment window.

But not every feline has such luck, and most strays simply wander, more alone than "independent." Knowing this, FixNation, a Los Angeles–based nonprofit that helps reduce the stray-cat population through a safe Trap-Neuter-Return practice, called on Architects for Animals to commission notable L.A. firms to create artful outdoor cat shelters. Displayed during "Giving Shelter," an event hosted earlier this month by Architects for Animals to benefit FixNation, the structures range from adaptable, Brutalist-style hideaways to avant-garde benches with space for humans and cats alike.

Cat Shelters From Architects for Animals
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Architects' Clever Cat-Shelter Solutions
Space International’s Cat Chalet
Photo: Joshua White

A bench by Formation Association + Edgar Arceneaux.

Photo: Grey Crawford/Architectural Digest

HOK’s house-shaped shelter.

Photo: Grey Crawford/Architectural Digest

NAC Architecture’s Rubber Fishy structure recycles unused materials from the firm’s other projects.

Photo: Grey Crawford/Architectural Digest

Standard Architecture | Design’s concrete Cat Cube retains the heat of the day for a cozy nighttime retreat.

Photo: Grey Crawford/Architectural Digest

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