These Are The Crazy Doghouses To Come Out Of Austin's Design Fundraiser

You’ve never seen doghouses quite like these before: a dog-sized country cottage, wine barrel bungalow, mini Zen house with roof garden, salvage-chic dog house and even a Mondrian-like house inspired by a beloved dog treat (a rib).

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All those and many more clever designs were on show last weekend at Austin’s Barkitecture, a fundraising showcase and auction of doghouses created by mostly Austin-based architects, designers and builders.

Hosted by the Animal Lovers of Austin, Inc., and the communities of Edgewick and Gabardine, this annual fundraiser gives Austinites the opportunity to bid on doghouses (the silent auction began at $250 and increased by $50 increments), with proceeds benefiting local animal rescue groups.

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Inspired by the silhouette of QR codes, Jenkins Custom Homes and Bella Villa designed Ruff Quarters to incorporate technology with function.

This guitar-shaped doghouse was designed by the Art Institute of Austin.

This cube house won best in show and was created by Cesar Milan, the Dog Whisperer, in collaboration with Spring Builders.

RIB House 2.0, by Hamilton Associates, is a clever abstraction of a beloved dog treat: the rib.

Greenest Design went to Agave's environmentally-sensitive creation, Water-Cooled Wind Catcher, which took into consideration Austin's high-heat climate. Its waterfall and sunlight-mitigating louvers cool off toasty pups in summer and maximise warmth in winter.

The winner of Most Unusual dog house by the Austin Community Collect chapter of the American Society for Education came complete with an accessible second story.

The Charming Cottage came complete with a cedar roof, weathervane, and shutters. There was even a cushion and some art inside the quaint-looking house.

Gensler's Wine Barrel Bungalow is the very definition of upcycling, the process of converting materials or products headed for the trash into something new and useful.

With this cutie, Stewart Construction took home Best Backyard Bungalow.

La Casita del Sol was crafted mostly from wood leftover from the designer's own house. Repurposed beer bottles let in plenty of light.

Now check out all the extravagent items people splurged on last month...

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