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Architecture for Dogs Exhibition (small dogs allowed) (SUSPENDED)

Sat 19 September 2020 - Sun 10 January 2021

Poster of Architecture for Dogs exhibition

UPDATE: Due to London being in Tier 4, the event is suspended until further notice

Featuring a collection of architectural designs for dogs by world-class architects and designers, the internationally acclaimed ‘Architecture for Dogs’ makes its European debut at Japan House London from 19 September with the addition of a brand new piece by an eminent UK architect (to be announced soon). Far from being just an exhibition, this open source network allows guests to become designers and makers themselves, with blueprints available for download and opportunities to design one’s own architecture for dogs. A series of virtual experiences is also on offer, including a 3D Tour, online talks and ‘live’ guided tours.

‘Architecture for Dogs’, was devised by Hara Kenya, President of the Nippon Design Center and Japan House Chief Creative Advisor. It features the works of celebrated architects and designers including Ban Shigeru, Kuma Kengo, Itō Toyō, Sou Fujimoto, Atelier Bow-Wow and Ma Yang Song amongst others. Each of the works offers guests a light-hearted and insightful exploration into architecture and design that can be joyful for both dogs and their human companions.

The specially made architectural pieces are all designed with a different dog breed in mind, including the Beagle, Bichon Frise, Shiba Inu, Boston Terrier and Poodle. Look out for further news of exciting opportunities for smaller dogs to interact with some of the pieces.

‘Architecture for Dogs’ was first launched at Design Miami in 2012 and has since received global recognition, touring in Japan, China and Brazil.

Visitor Information

Since its reopening in July 2020, Japan House London has put new safety measures in place for the protection of all guests and staff.

All guests wishing to visit Japan House London are asked to pre-book their free visit through our online booking system. Bookings are not yet open.

The Architecture for Dogs exhibition will run from 19 September 2020 to January 2021. Free admission.

Bringing dogs to the exhibition

Japan House London had put in place the following rules:

  • Only well-behaved dogs which are small enough to be carried will be allowed into Japan House London (with the exception of assistance dogs).
  • Only one dog per visitor can be admitted.
  • At busy times, you maybe be asked to wait a while before entering the Gallery so that the number of dogs in the exhibition can be kept within a manageable limit.
  • It is not possible for dogs (or humans) to touch or interact with the exhibits in the Gallery – this is only possible in the Hall with specially prepared exhibits. (Owners who allow their dogs to climb on any of the plinths in the Gallery will be asked to leave immediately.)
  • Your dog must be kept on a short lead or carried and kept under control at all times. (Owners will be asked to remove their dog if other visitors (humans or dogs) are disturbed by it.)
  • Dogs must also adhere to the social distancing. Please leave a space of no less than 2m between your own dog and the dog in front of you.
  • You are responsible for clearing up after your dog, but you must tell a member of staff if your dog has had an accident.

Booking tickets

You can book your free ticket on the Japan House London webpage here.

Information and image by the organisers


Sat 19 September 2020
Sun 10 January 2021


Japan House London
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Japan House London
101-111 Kensington High St, Kensington
London, W8 5SA
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