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February 3, 2011

Last year, the AIA Small Project Award went to what is most likely the smallest house ever to win the award: the Pup Tent by the New York-based firm Slade Architecture. Made from a single four-by-eight foot sheet of water-jet cut plywood, the conical 'pup tent' is, according to Hayes Slade, "a modern, indoor dog lounge." As for its origin, Slade explains: "This piece was an exploration in materials designed and fabricated for the Design Trust for Public Spaces Annual Auction. The auction project requirement was to create a 'nest'—something that could support residence for a creature and would fit in a taxi." Here's a closer look at the coolest dog bed we've seen in a while.

Plywood dog house.
The Pup Tent is perfect for small (and, um, modernist) dogs. Says Slade: "It's a place for a dog to be 'at home in the modern world'."
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As illustrated here, the bed is crafted from a single sheet of plywood, cut up into many component parts.
As illustrated here, the bed is crafted from a single sheet of plywood, cut up into many component parts.
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Here's a view of the inside construction.
Here's a view of the inside construction.
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The light catches the wooden ridges and makes the interior appear to glow.
The light catches the wooden ridges and makes the interior appear to glow.
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A striking side profile.
A striking side profile.
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Here's a diagram illustrating the bed's passive ventilation process: the hole at the top of the cone lets light into the doghouse and allows the heat generated by the dog to escape out of the top, which pulls cooler air in through the door.
Here's a diagram illustrating the bed's passive ventilation process: the hole at the top of the cone lets light into the doghouse and allows the heat generated by the dog to escape out of the top, which pulls cooler air in through the door.
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Here's a view of said ventilation hole.
Here's a view of said ventilation hole.
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In addition to the one that went up for auction, Slade Architecture has created a Pup Tent for their office, and is open to producing them on a custom-order basis. So if you want one, give them <a href="http://www.sladearch.com/main/page.php?a=9&b=1&c=1">
In addition to the one that went up for auction, Slade Architecture has created a Pup Tent for their office, and is open to producing them on a custom-order basis. So if you want one, give them a shout...
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Plywood dog house.
The Pup Tent is perfect for small (and, um, modernist) dogs. Says Slade: "It's a place for a dog to be 'at home in the modern world'."

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