The “VeinerHaus” Dog House

An efficient dog house for a smaller dog, built by Jacobs 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.


A slatted system built of reclaimed materials allows for cross ventilation, solar heat gain control and visibility so Amelia can keep a watchful eye out for squirrels. The solar panel powers an internal battery to run the recirculated water pump system, a remote-controlled treat dispenser and an LED porch light so Amelia never has to arrive home in the dark.

DEN Canine Airport Therapy Squad dog, Amelia, a dachshund with a taste for rawhide bones and whose favorite pastime is being on squirrel watch.


Inspired by the architecturally iconic Farnsworth House in Illinois, the “VienerHaus” features a simple form and low profile that aligns with Amelia’s sleek proportions.


Architecture Firm: Jacobs

Learn more about the Canine Airport Therapy Squad



Keya Lea

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

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