Barkitecture Cover


The Ultimate Guide

By Fred Albert

Abbeville Press, Hardcover, 9780789203731, 96pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 1999

From miniature chateaus to modernist boxes, from anthropomorphic abodes to classical temples, this book showcases nearly fifty one-of-a-kind doggy domiciles from across America.
In "Barkitecture, " architecture and design writer Fred Albert has collected some of the most wonderful and fantastic doghouses ever created. Examples include doghouses with clock towers and thatch roofs, doghouses shaped like TV sets, and even some that look like dogs.
The book begins with an introduction that includes an entertaining history of the doghouse, accompanied by photos and drawings of noteworthy historical examples. Four Chapters follow: "Putting on the Dog" highlights stylish period reproductions; "Modern Barkitecture" includes cutting-edge "Bowhouse" designs; "A Breed Apart" features houses inspired by everyday objects; and the final chapter, "Puppourri," showcases wacky, one-of-a-kind structures that defy categorization.
Each house is illustrated by one or two color images and is accompanied by a witty, tounge-in-jowl text that describes the structures design and building materials, the creators inspirations, and their dogs reactions.

About the Author
Fred Albert is one of the most respected architecture and interior design writers in the nation. Formerly the Editor-In-Chief of "Seattle Homes & Lifestyles" magazine, he is now a Contributing Editor for "Metropolitan Home" magazine. He has also written for "House Beautiful, Home, Coastal Living, Luxe, Remodel, Western Interiors" and numerous other magazines and newspapers. A graduate of Yale, he lectures widely about design for both consumer and trade groups, and has appeared on such TV shows as "Good Morning, America."