Climbing Dog Solar House

A solar dog house for Annie by Corona Designs.

Accompanying the 2017 Solar Decathlon was the Sustainable BARKitecture Dog House Competition, a challenge to local Denver architecture firms to design and build the ideal solar dog house.

The homes were built for a specific Canine Airport Therapy dog and were on display at the Denver International Airport through Oct. 9th, 2017. The homes were sold in an online auction to benefit the Dumb Friends League.


This organically designed house features three main resting areas where Annie can recharge from her active terrier lifestyle: an enclosed area, a shaded area for summer and a rooftop area for winter sunbathing. The solar panel, which will power Annie’s nightlight, is positioned to favor the solar angle of winter months when there are fewer hours of daylight. A funnel provides structural support and also collects rainwater for Annie to drink and snow for her to snack on.

DEN Canine Airport Therapy Squad dog, Annie, a terrier mix partial to snacking on snow and chasing squirrels.



“Bowhaus 57” was designed to emulate the Colorado mountains to support Annie’s terrier tendencies toward climbing and burrowing.


Architecture Firm: Corona Designs

Learn more about the Canine Airport Therapy Squad.


Keya Lea

Keya Lea likes to spend time outside, enjoying the sun.

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