The hostess of this family loves animals very much. She gave up her job in the Fortune Global 500 for pets and instead ran an online pet supply store, and she became attached to Mr. Kun. After the two came to settle in Chengdu, they not only brought the pets that accompanied them, but also adopted several pets. So, so far, there are 9 cats and 2 dogs in the family. The couple hope to give them the most freedom of life, and they usually stay at home. The requirement is: to set up exclusive spaces according to their living habits, try to separate the living area from the play area, but interact with humans, have complete home functions, have ample storage space, and be easy to clean.
▼女主人与猫，the hostess and the cats ©Icy Works
From the perspective of the house structure, it is a standard horizontal hall design. The space above 100 square meters is divided into several small rooms. The living room and dining room are narrow and long. If the sofa is placed in the middle of the two according to the conventional thinking, the space will be affected. Problems such as the fluency, insufficient viewing distance, and relatively difficult storage space to set up. Based on such objective premises and cognitive consensus, what we need to deal with is the “simple and complex” spatial relationship.
▼空间概览，overall view of the project ©Icy Works
First, we adjusted the axis of the living room and arranged the sofa near the window to maximize the open center activity area. Open up the walls of the study and living room, and replace the partition with a pet track. Although entering the interior is a visually visible kitchen, dining room, living room, balcony and even a study room, the structure seems very simple, and spaces of different natures are mixed together to form many small spaces, which can still allow the occupants We get a very rich living experience. Because the change of the position of the sofa also perfectly solved the problem of storage space and viewing distance. The guest room and the second bathroom that were originally located on the side of the corridor were hidden into the invisible door, and the cabinet and the invisible door were made on-site to turn it into a whole “wall”.
▼沙发设置在靠窗的位置，sofa arranged near the window ©Icy Works
▼厨房、餐厅与客厅连通，kitchen and dining space connected with the living space ©Icy Works
Sideboards and consoles have been added to the restaurant to meet the hostess’s preference for Japanese-style kitchen styles. The kitchen sliding door is made to the outside, which can be switched to the open mode at will. When friends come to party, pushing open can also greatly increase the hospitality space. The main materials are basically: cement, wood, cement paint, ultra-white tempered glass, and felt. Considering the key point of convenience, no special raw materials are used.
▼餐边柜与操作台满足女主人的使用需求，sideboards and consoles meet the requirements from the hostess ©Icy Works
▼餐厅和厨房通过推拉门分隔，the kitchen and dining space defined by sliding doors ©Icy Works
▼餐厅细部，closer view to the dining space ©Icy Works
Except for the table, chair, and coffee table in the space which frequent activities for pets can be moved, the rest are fixed to avoid the gap between the main body and maximize the hair can be easily cleaned. The seat of the sofa is also made of anti-fleece fabric, so pet hair will not get stuck in the fabric. It can be removed by gently wiping the surface with a damp cloth. We did not use finished sofas, but made them on site to maximize the size of the space. The depth of the sofa is 95cm, and the one on the side of the study is 70cm, so that people and pets can nest on it in the most comfortable position.
▼家具的布置满足宠物活动的需求，arrangement of furniture meets the needs of the pets ©Icy Works
There is a certain height difference between entering the room from the balcony to the ground, just using the extension of the sofa main body to form a transition area between the two to prevent cat litter from being brought into the living room. At the bottom of both sides of the sofa, two small spaces were dug out. One side is used to place pets’ water bowls to avoid being kicked over while improving the cleanliness of the space, and the other can be used to “peekaboo”.
▼防止猫砂被带入客厅的过渡区，transition area preventing cat litter from being brought into the living room ©Icy Works
▼客厅细部，details of the living room ©Icy Works
The TV wall is completed with a large amount of wood, which will bring a strong sense of volume, which can well improve the neatness and cleanliness of the space. Even if there are more than ten aborigines and countless objects, the space will not feel cluttered and cramped. And here is composed of two invisible doors, a hidden air conditioner and a large-capacity storage cabinet. We try to understand and analyze their preferences and habits as much as possible. Details such as: shoe cabinets are designed according to the size and style of shoes that are often worn; statistics on how many pets’ brushes and hair combs are, and what their shape is… Then, according to the different materials, functions, and frequency of use of the items To plan the space of the locker and choose different storage boxes, hardware accessories or shelves to achieve storage classification.
▼木材带来强烈的体块感，wood bringing a strong sense of volume ©Icy Works
▼隐藏门后的收纳空间，storage space behind the hidden doors ©Icy Works
From a plane view, the cat track makes the space full of circumnavigation and fun. Viewed from the cross section, the location of the openings inside the runway and on each pathway is also the result of careful analysis of the cat’s path. Taking into account the cat’s living habits, we built an aerial cat climbing frame with custom-made ultra-white tempered glass. The entire runway has three up and down paths. Among them, the distance from the desk top to the upper entrance is 60cm, which is exactly the height that the cat with the shortest legs in the house can jump. The side of the runway against the wall is covered with felt, and the other side of the sliding glass door is also easy to clean and replace the felt. Thicken the shear wall that cannot be knocked off into a small closet, making it an exclusive passage for the cats, which can be used to hide the socket and give the cats a safe place to eat. At an inadvertent moment, if the owner at work raises his head, he will be able to catch several puff pads floating above his head. The craftsmanship of one-way cat doors is very complicated. In order to facilitate their movement at night, we also made one-way cat doors on the wall.
▼供猫玩耍的跑道，cat track ©Icy Works
▼单向猫门，one-way cat door ©Icy Works
Pets have a special trait, they like to use “primitive ways to fight against the rapid development of human society” (in simple terms: bite the wires!!) So we did it separately: thicken the bedside wall of the master bedroom, and insert sockets in the desk Processing. Protect the wires and also protect pets. In addition to building an invisible warehouse in the living room, large-capacity storage cabinets were also made in the study room and the bedroom of the couple. Whether it is their collection of comic books, figures, or favorite clothing accessories, they can find the most suitable place in this home. In addition, in the bathroom, we have also increased the storage space according to the actual situation to store pets’ toiletries.
▼卧室，bedroom ©Icy Works
▼卧室中设有大量收纳柜，large-capacity storage cabinets in the bedroom ©Icy Works
Project Name: Cat & Dog Planet
Design: GE SPACE DESIGN
Contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Design & Completion Year: 2020
Leader designer & Team: Jia Li/Qin Xie
Project Location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Gross Built Area: 132sqm
Photo Credits: Icy Works
Main Materials: cement、wood、felt Brands: hansgrohe、FNJI、Sort