Solar Energy Producing Dog Rest

A “turf chair” dog rest made by Gensler Architecture.

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 one-piece concept, with its integrated “turf chair,” provides a place for Sidney’s visitors to connect with her more closely. The solar panel powers an outlet for lap top or phone charging, an automatic toy toss, an evaporative cooling system, a fridge to chill beer and carrots, and Sidney’s name in lights!

DEN Canine Airport Therapy Squad dog, Sidney, an Australian shepherd who enjoys snacking on carrots and likes hanging out with her human mom most of all.



To put the health and wellness aspect of sustainability in the forefront by creating a space where Sidney can connect with her owner to create a sense of closeness and relieve stress for both.


Architecture Firm: Gensler Architecture

Learn more about the Canine Airport Therapy Squad.


Keya Lea

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

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