Check out these fabulous cat condos! They were designed by some of New Yorkâ€™s most prestigious architectural designers.
I bet your are wondering what kind of fortune a kitty has to pay to have one of these? Well, guess what — the answer is nothing. That’s because they are shelters for the homeless cats living in New York City. For the past three years, a project called Architects for Animals has been creating winter shelters to help protect New York’s feral cats from the elements. Each year, there is an exhibition and reception of these fabulous shelters, held by Architects for Animals and the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals to benefit the New York City Feral Cat Initiative.
The photos you see here are from the past two years. Last year, a lucky cat even got to pose in one of the shelters!
This year’s participating designers include: H3 Hardy Collaborative Architecture; Francis Cauffman Architects; M Moser Associates; Callison Barteluce; Stonehill & Taylor Architects, with a team of students from City College; Zimmerman Workshop; Kathryn Walton of The American Street Cat (TASC); and Pilot Projects Design Collective. The reception will be Thursday, January 10 from 6 to 8 PM at the Steelcase Showroom, 4 Columbus Circle, New York. The donation is $20, or $10 for Certified TNR Caretakers. If you live in the New York area, you must attend! You may even run into I Have Cat blogger, Tamar! Click on the banner below to RSVP.
Dash Kitten says
Wow – amazing and totally fantastic!
RSVP for Architects for Animals: Giving Shelter at this link by midnight tonight or take your chances are the door tomorrow!
Jasmine, Joey, Eddie and Rosie
Jasper McKitten-Cat says
Those are so cool. I wonder if I could get Dad to build me a pot to sleep inside. Of course, I’d probably just sleep in the plant.
Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz says
Love the ideas and the fact that the show helps the homeless kitties, too!
Texas, a cat in New York says
Oh thanks for letting us know! I certainly can’t count on my human to tell me about that :-/
will try and send her!
Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal says
PAWsome houses the Architects made for the feral catÂ´s in NY !
Sorry we have atleast an 8 hour flight time too NY , othervise both me and my hoomans would have visit 🙂
Spitty the Kitty says
P.S. Sparkle, darling, I put my furballs exactly where you do: Wherever they will most irritate the Humans!
Spitty the Kitty says
This warms the cockles of my flinty little heart. I bet you didn’t know I even HAD cockles, did you? Well, I *do.*
me would not mind one of those in my yard!
Sweet Purrfections says
That is so great! Was that a silver Persian in the photo?
Cathy Keisha says
OMC! We live so close and didn’t even know about this! I’ll try to pester TW but I don’t think she’ll go. Something about not wanting to be out after dark now that she’s old.
Derby and Ducky says
What a wonderful idea and so good that they are creative with it.
Tillie and Georgia says
Those are amazing!
What a great way to raise info about feral cats!!!
bet they are cozy too 🙂
Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
Treasure,Tiger, JJ and Julie
sue brandes says
Those are awesome. So glad those kitties get something nice and comfy.
Maxwell, Faraday and Allie says
We look forward to seeing what they come up with each year – they’re always so cool!
Grace St. Clair says
That is terrific – NYC is always a little over the top but I have to agree with Mr. Puddy – better they should be art and that every cat (and dog) had a furever home….until then tho – these will have to do.
Layla Morgan Wilde (Cat Wisdom 101) says
This is an awesome initiative that we support and will be blogging about.
da tabbies o trout towne says
theez R awesum sparkle; N way kewl of theez architects to due thiz for da ferals in new york !!! we hope de eye dea catches on…..da last one looks like a big pail oh popcorn…hay, hope ewe N yur crew haza grate week oh end !
OOOH! That is too cool! I work about 5 blocks from there … maybe I can go and check this out! 🙂
Those are wonderful designs. The boys want one for their own.
Have a great weekend.
hugs, Max, Bugsy, and Knuckles
Jacki Wilson says
What do they use as insulation in the yellow trashcan? I can see using a black trashcan and actually using the top part as a planter!
Wonderful! I wish I could go.
Famous SpokesGoat Pricilla says
They are very cool. I wonder if they do goat houses?
Glogirly & Katie says
Those are AMAZING!!!! What a cool project…it would be SO fun to see. My favorite is that first one. It reminds me of an over-the-top modern treehouse restaurant I saw in Vegas. Maybe it’s the same architect!
This is a great way to bring attention to the feral kitties of NYC.
Fraidy Cats! says
very cool! Stylish and functional 🙂
Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, Hollie
Random Felines says
how cool is that??!!! And to think our feral mom cat is sleeping in an insulated cat carrier…..don’t show her the pics, she may get jealous!
Those are pretty dang cool! We didn’t know about Architects for Animals but it’s wonderful they are helping the kitties of NYC!
This literally makes me cry–what a wonderful project to help kitties survive the freezing temperatures…. and the shelters are so astoundingly beautiful! Way to go, NYC!
Junior, Orion and Sammy says
Those are so very cool! We so wish everyone cared enough to do this! Winters are so bitter, we are having a nasty one right now, and those ferals need all the protection they can get.
Laila and Minchie says
Holy carp! Those are some cool cribs for ferals!
I HAVE CAT says
also if you can’t make the exhibit you can donate! use the same RSVP link!
I HAVE CAT says
Thank you so much for this awesome article Sparkle!!! xoxoxoxox
Katz tales says
These are pawsome! We love the creative cattitude of these homes.
Hannah and Lucy says
That’s a great idea and we love different styles of houses – we bet there is a rush to have a snooze in them.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx
That is so terrific. It is so rewarding to see so many people starting to help the feral kitties and the homeless ones. That is just terrific. Thanks for this info.
The Island Cats says
Wow, those are so cool! We would like to live in them!
The Poupounette Gang says
What a fabulous idea!
The Kitties of Purring Pines says
Mommy loves functional art! Combining that & helping homeless kitties is making all of us squeak hysterically!!! Wow!!!
Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) says
WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW!
the PDX pride says
Wow! We always love to see the pictures of those creative houses! Good for them for donating their time & talents to benefit the homeless cats.
Mr Puddy says
Architects for Animals, That’s good.
Desexed Kitties , That’s great.
Adopted Cats, That’s brilliant !
Nothing like they have forever home…That’s my thought