drawing for a closer look.
Photo © Natascha payton; Drawing courtesy Lira Luis
Who ever said being in the
doghouse is a bad thing? Especially if it has Venetian-plaster walls,
granite floors, and a roof garden.
In their "Bow-wowhaus,"
architects Tom Payton, Doug Theberge, Michela Bull, and Lira Luisall
from Phoenixs Orcutt/Winslow Partnershipand
photographer Natascha Payton, have spared no extravagance. Bailey,
a golden retriever, lived until recently in this lavish dwelling
reminiscent of Mies van der Rohes Barcelona Pavilion, complete
with a bedroom, a kitchen, and a bath. The adjoining wading pool
is perfect for canine gatherings, and the roof provides a place
the level of attention and detail that we give to human clients
is equal to the attention we give to four-legged clients,"
Luis says in discussing her teams approach. The design was
born out of a competition called "Pawchitecture," which
was sponsored by the Arizona Animal Welfare League. Now, the Bow-wowhaus
is on view at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, where its
roof is still mowed every two weeks.
amazing," says Luis, "the grass on the roof terrace keeps
growing even in the glass case."
The turf, the
same used at the Arizona Diamondbacks Bank One Ballpark, serves
a major function within desert climates like Phoenix. The water
for the grass terrace is pumped throughout the house, from pool
to rooftop, cooling the interior like an air conditioner. The building
materials also help keep the interior cool, making it perfect for
warm temperatures and furry clients.
about the clients reaction, Lira said, "Bailey absolutely
loved it. Most of the time, he sat on the roof overlooking the yard.
But sometimes, on hotter days, he splashed around in the pool."
When asked for
a comment, the client, seeming to agree, said, "Woof!".