Gontram Architecture designed, constructed and donated this doghouse to Animal House 2005, a fundraising auction event benefiting the Triangle Beagle Rescue of NC.  The Triangle Beagle Rescue finds permanent homes for homeless beagles throughout the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area.  For more information, visit www.tribeagles.org .  TBR designated this house as its “100% House,” meaning 100% of the proceeds from this doghouse went to Noah’s Wish, a charitable organization benefiting animals and shelters after natural disasters, such as the recent Hurricane Katrina.

 This dog “shelter” is composed of various, unique planes of materials surrounding a shady, but ventilated, refuge.  The juxtaposition of natural and man-made materials makes this piece appropriate for any backyard.  Copper, stone, birch, cedar, polycarbonate glazing and stainless steel combine to create this interesting composition.  More Dog “Shelter” than “House,” this creation is suitable for hot summer months, offering shade but providing plenty of ventilation.  The window is removable for the canine that requires a wider, unobstructed view of his domain.  Its dimensions (32”w x 49”d x 42”h) are ideal for small- to medium-sized breeds.  Built for exterior use, this doghouse can also be used indoors, in a residential or corporate setting.  At 2’-8” wide, it will fit through a standard 3’ wide door.