It all started with an invitation from Design Trust for Public Space, a not-for-profit organization committed to improving New York City’s parks, plazas, streets, and public buildings. to contribute a piece for their Annual Auction. After considering all the facts, Slade Architecture has decided to create a more unusual piece called The Pup Tent. That’s because it looks like a tent and it has been designed for a puppy.
The request was for them to design a nest, a shelter for a living creature. The piece also had to fit in a taxi so that the buyers could take it home the same day. It all makes sense now when you look at it. The Pup Tent is a modern indoor dog lounge. It’s been created out of water-jet cut plywood pieces that were laminated together to create a conical shape. The exterior surface was sanded smooth concealing the individual layers of plywood and revealing the tectonic surface pattern of the planar plies intersecting the conical geometry.
The interior preserves the original look, giving you the opportunity to see the plywood layers and the construction of this piece.The Pup Tent is very modern and interesting but it’s also very comfortable for the actual user. It provides passive cooling and lighting. The opening at the top allows facilitates air circulation. The buyer’s puppy must a very lucky creature.