Operated by the House of Joy and Mercy, a non-profit animal organization, the Shelter for Dogs and other Animals is a foster home for stray dogs and other abandoned animals in Kam Tin, Yuen Long. The number of abandoned dogs in the New Territories has increased in recent years, as villagers and local dwellers were forced to leave their homes to make space for the new development under the government’s North East New Territories New Development Planning. The Shelter acts as an interim housing before these abandoned dogs find a new home.
We envisioned the Shelter as a big canopy under which different lives have their own space while being able to engage with each other in oneness. Surrounding a tree, the pavilion hosts a number of programs, including six dog rooms for 50 dogs, a care room for sick dogs, a lounge, and an office.
Each dog room has two entrances, one leads to the courtyard and the other to the backyard. The courtyard caters for more public engagements while the backyard allows for private one-to-one outdoor training.
Our planning leaves a central axis between the dog rooms and the courtyard to facilitate circulation. The loading zone is put under the roof to shelter loading activities during rainy seasons. Plants are grown to create a natural site boundary, with plenty of outdoor space for dogs to run around.
Dogs and humans see color differently. The architecture is mostly white and yellow is used sparingly as it is the color shared by both dog and human visions. Two visual panels with varying height were designed for the doors to cater to different eye levels.
Architectural and Interior Design, Authorized Person for Statutory Submissions
Kam Tin, Hong Kong
House of Joy and Mercy, Development Bureau of HKSARG
BeFrank, Far East
Chun Hang Yip, Arthur Sze, Humphrey Keung, Justin Yeung, Cynthia Kuo, Rachel Lee, Catherine Cheng, Raphael Kwok, Finn Chan, Otto Ng, Ricky Yu