Chances are, we’ve all experienced the enormous benefits of sharing our lives with animals. Apart from health improvements like lower blood pressure or reduced anxiety, there are plenty of other benefits for both, people and animals. Click through our 6 favorite designs that allow people and animals to coexist in the same space. This list includes a climbing structure for rats, a house for giraffes and zookeepers, and some starchitect-designed dog shelters which combines home storage and a home for a dog.
People & Mice
Mouse Mates is Dutch designer Roel de Boer‘s playful hanging artifact created for mice. This peculiar and interactive structure combines strings, springs, slides and paper pulp beads to allow mouse-pets (and humans watching) plenty of fun.
People & Horses
The Barn House in Japan’s Memu Meadows is an award-winning experimental dwelling by Keio University’s Co+Labo department. It shelters both, two humans and two horses, producing heating and organic plant fertilizer from the equines’ pee.
People & Giraffes
The new Giraffe House at the Auckland Zoo was designed by a joint effort from architects Monk Mackenzie and Glamuzina Patterson. This flexible breeding shelter accommodates both giraffes and zookeepers, who can observe and interact with the animals, thanks to moving sliding walls and doors.
People & Dogs
Architecture For Dogs is an inventive project where renowned international architects like Shigeru Ban, Atelier Bow-Wow and MVRDV create super cool hideaways for dogs. An initiative by MUJI’s director Kenya Hara, this open-source project features shelters for dogs to sleep, play and even share with their human friends.
People & Tortoises
‘La Vida en los Objetos’ (Life within Objects) is Spanish designer Martín Azúa‘s furniture collection designed to allow people-animals interaction. One cool item from this collection is this superb recyclable polyethylene seat which comes with a plant pot for herbs and provides a place for tortoises (or any small creature), to hide and relax.
People & Cats
A man from California has spent $35,000 to make his home more feline-friendly for his much-adored 18 cats. The whole playful design was carried out by Trillium Enterprises and includes plenty of wall-mounted walkways, floor-to-ceiling scratch posts and spaces design for cats to relax and take a good nap.