Weird Wednesday: Posh Pet Properties

The Animal Medical Center Hosts Housewarming for Luxury Living on Bark Avenue, Beaker Street, and the Uppurr West Side

Internationally renowned architects William Pedersen, Sandi Pei, and Bartholomew Voorsanger’s latest creations—an original, luxury doghouse, birdhouse, and cat condo—will be unveiled to guests as auction items for this year’s Top Dog Gala to benefit The Animal Medical Center (AMC). As one of just two non-profit animal hospitals in the United States, The AMC is New York City’s largest facility with over 50,000 patient visits per year and 87 veterinarians on staff serving the tri-state area with routine care, emergency services, and treatment for pets suffering from unusual or complex diseases.

The one-of-a-kind, extravagant pet homes will be on view to the public for the first time on Monday, November 10, from 8:15 AM – 10:30 AM at the Park Avenue Armory in New York, NY. EBay bidding begins for an auction culminating live at The Rainbow Room for The AMC’s annual Top Dog Gala on November 18, 2008. The architects will express their unique visions, as high-profile guests enjoy the ultimate housewarming party for the furry and feathered.

Each lavish pet home was inspired by an existing property. William Pedersen’s doghouse (pictured above) is appropriately named “One Jackson,” as it was motivated by one of Pedersen’s favorite projects, One Jackson Square, a luxury residential condominium building in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood. Sandi Pei’s birdhouse was inspired by the pavilions designed for Tianfu Square in Chengdu, China and by the pre-revolutionary tradition in the city of gentlemen bringing their caged birds to any of the many temple enclosures or to the crenulated walls surrounding the city. The style and excitement of a Harley Davidson was the muse for “Cat’s Cradle,” as can be seen with its metal material combined with eye-popping colors of metallic tangerine and lime green (pictured below).