Architecture for Animals: 13 Structures Designed with Non-Human Use in Mind

Larch Petting Zoo Enclosures by Kresings Architecture

A trio of larch-ribbed structures by Kresings Architektur overlooking a pond provide new lodging for animals at a German petting zoo. The buildings include a stable block, a cylindrical aviary and a grassy paddock, offering homes for kangaroos, rheas, birds, donkeys and alpacas.”The use of larch wood is one outcome of the close cooperation with the veterinarians,” say the architects. “The wood is not only resistant and therefore sustainable, but more importantly, it does not need to be treated. As a result, there is no danger of inadvertently poisoning the animals.”

Animal Spa at JFK Airport by Gensler

Gensler designed the ARK at JFK, which is set to be constructed on a 14-acre site at the John F Kennedy Airport in New York, as a ‘pet resort’ offering lodging and spa services. The facility will include quarantine areas, a veterinary hospital, a diagnostic library and a care center offering grooming, spa and training services for cats and dogs. The model is “anticipated to effectively transform the air transport of animals worldwide.”

Timber Barn for Pygmy Goats by Michael Kühnlein

This cute little timber barn in a Bavarian field by Michael Kühnlein shelters adorable pygmy goats alongside their grazing pastures, taking inspiration from the traditional wooden houses of the region. It’s made entirely from timber, and offers an attractive and economical alternative to manufactured garden sheds, with an open-air design that’s sheltered without closing off fresh air.

Equestrian Center by Watson Architecture + Design

Horses bathe in reflecting pools delineated by curving rammed earth walls at this riding center near Melbourne by Watson Architecture + Design. A groove in the top of the wall integrates a stream that flows out into the pool like a fountain, keeping the water fresh. Made of natural soil and cement compacted around reinforcing bars, rammed earth is more cost-effective than off-form concrete, structurally strong, load-bearing and economical.