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Barkitecture Builds on Display Now!

March 1, 2021 @ 8:00 am - March 8, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

Over the last two months, six teams of architects and builders designed custom homes for large dogs, small dogs and cats.  Now, you can see these one-of-a-kind pet homes in person before we auction them off online. Find your favorite or see all six at our partner locations. Online bidding opens March 1 and closes March 8, 2021. If you don’t have a pet, you can still show these teams some love and vote for your favorite in our People’s Choice Awards. Explore the builds, find out where to find them and learn how to bid below!

The Ruff Life by Johnson Architecture Inc.

This small dog house is perfect for people watching indoors or outdoors. Ain’t nothing about this life ruff, your furry friend won’t even have to get out of bed to eat or drink, as the bowl is built right in.

Check out this build at Mortgage Investors Group, 8320 E Walker Springs Ln, Knoxville, TN 37923

MidMod Mutt by McCarty Holsaple McCarty

This large dog house seeks to bridge the gap between traditional indoor dog houses and functionality for both the pet and the parent. With a classis Mid-Century Modern look and feel, this piece of furniture & house” will modestly blend in with it’s surrounding environment without compromising space, function or style.  As a homage to one of MHM’s founding fathers, Bruce McCarty, MidMod Mutt pays a special tribute to his love and admiration for Mid-Century Modern architecture.

Find this build at River Dog Bakery, 5201 Kingston Pike Ste 8, Knoxville, TN 37919

001 by Jake Thomas

This cozy elevated cat stand is made with repurposed wooden wall furring strips, cast-concrete “shoes,” and held together with through-bolts and washers. From this perch, your cat is sure to feel like a king and keep watch on everything the light touches.

Check out this build at Ionogen, 6321 Baum Dr Knoxville 37919

Camp Bow Wow by Studio Fur & DeBark

Recall the nostalgia of camping in the backyard on a warm summer night. Camp Bow Wow combines our love of the outdoors with a childhood sense of adventure. This project gives large dogs a variety of experiences so they may entertain themselves for hours on end. They can choose to snooze on the pooch porch or the husky hammock. If the weather turns, they can tuck in to the ‘tent’. If you’ve got a lab that likes to lord over the land, tether them to the tent tie down and let them roam the radius of your choosing. Give your dog the same experience  you had as a kid on summer vacation when there were a million-and-one things to do. This project was brought together via a mix of found and donated materials, reimagined into a puppy play palace. A true design-build in nature, Studio Fur and DeBark pooled our talents and resources together to outfit this house as a modern, welcoming canine cabin. Rest assured your dog is enjoying the outdoors
just as much as any kid on the block, in the comfort of a fully-loaded, bespoke dog house!

Explore the world of possibilities inside this house at the Cumberland Hotel, 1109 White Avenue Knoxville, Tennessee 37916

K9 Comfort by BLS Thompson & Litton

K9 Comfort is a very green dog house made entirely of recycled materials! The structure is made entirely from reclaimed pallet wood. The roof was covered by recycled waterproof envelopes to make a Tyvek-like weather protection layer and then tiled with laminate samples from the design team’s office. The interior is covered in carpet samples and the bars in the window are made from job site PVC leftovers.

Get comfortable with this build at Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria, 200 E Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915 

Now that you’re familiar with the builds, it’s time to get bidding! The silent auction will open on March 1 and run through March 8 at www.knoxbydesign.org. All funds raised during the online auction help lost, scared and vulnerable pets in Knoxville find loving homes though Young-Williams Animal Center. We can’t thank our participating builders enough for donating their time and talent to create these amazing pet homes. Together, we’re working towards our vision of A Home For Every Pet.




March 1, 2021 @ 8:00 am
March 8, 2021 @ 5:00 pm