Don’t Cats Deserve Quality Architecture?

Every year in the office we pick a few local charitable events and get involved. This will be the 3rd year in a row that we have been involved with the SPCA’s Bark + Build and we are all fighting over this year’s entry … the Ar-CAT-tects.

…. so clever.

This was the first year that cat towers were included in the event, which meant that there were three very interested people in our office … at least two of them are definitely cat ladies. This is essentially the creative fruit from Audrey Maxwell, Danielle Anderson, and Elizabeth Harris.

The cat model is Kylo – a cat that Audrey rescued and convinced Landon Williams in the office to adopt.

Cat Tower - Malone Maxwell Borson Architects

Finally, a cat tree that is almost as fabulous as your Instagram-able feline #catsofinstagram. Say goodbye to your abominable, beige monstrosities, this is a cat tower that you will want to display. The marble base creates a low center of gravity to stabilize the tree and a natural background to document your cats. The wood slats and floor plates have overlapping openings that will keep you and your cat entertained for hours.

This is exactly what you want in a cat tower, or at least it is if it wants to actually exist in my house. Clean, well-proportioned, and not covered in $1.19/sf carpet. The palette on this beauty is far more restrained, consisting of Danby marble, clear maple, fine Corinthian leather rope, and heavy gray felt.

We bought the cat-nip so I’m not sure that counts towards our materials list but I’m sure your cat will love it anyways.

Cat Tower composite - Malone Maxwell Borson Architects

It took a small but talented group of craftsmen to execute our vision, and we worked with some of the best in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Ryan Thompson, Katina Hawkesworth, and Stephen Leask at James R. Thompson, Inc. worked tirelessly to help bring this super-luxe cat-tower to life. If you have a cat(s) I know you want this. If you don’t have a cat, don’t feel bad for thinking that you need to go rescue one just to justify putting this tower in your home. I totally get it.

Cat Tower composite - Malone Maxwell Borson Architects

Of course, our cat-model Kylo was only too happy to hang out while we took photos (provided by Martin Graham Meyers Photography, LLC). This was the cat that Audrey rescued and has since taken up permanent residence with Landon … and I think both Landon and Kylo are the better for it.

Cat Tower - Floor Plans 01 (by Malone Maxwell Borson Architects)

Of course, it wouldn’t be a playhouse, dog house, or cat tower coming out of my office if we didn’t provide the construction drawings that were used to create the Ar-CAT-tects. Our philosophy is that architects have a very specific set of skills that lend themselves perfectly for charitable causes and since we frequently champion these sorts of causes, we consider these projects to be a benefit to society and therefore available to the public.

Cat Tower - Floor Plans 01 (by Malone Maxwell Borson Architects)

Cat Tower - Section and Elevation (by Malone Maxwell Borson Architects)

Cat Tower - Dowel Layout (Malone Maxwell Borson Architects)

I am very proud of this project and how clean it has turned out – simple is frequently confused for easy and belies the sort of rigor that is spent resolving the design so that this level of clarity is evident.

If you live anywhere close to Dallas and think you would like to have this very specific cat tower for yourself, you can go online to the silent auction and bid for it by going here with all proceeds benefitting the SPCA of Texas. If you are local, you can head on over to NorthPark Center from November 16th through December 23rd, 2018 and look at over 20 different dog houses and kitty-condos.

If you end up winning, please let me know so we can tell Kylo where to come visit.


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Source: Life of an Architect