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Architects for Animals' creative cat shelters

By: Laura Moss on Jan. 13, 2012, 9:08 a.m.
H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture's Cat Sh3lter

Photo: Lucio Santos

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Cardboard tube house

cat peers out of a shelterH3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture used found and recycled materials to built its Cat Sh3lter, which cost just $100 to make and weighs less than 40 pounds.The architectural team salvaged cardboard tubes from a local print shop, bolted them together, caulked around them and then coated them with a polymer coating for weather protection. Shredded newspaper provides insulation inside the tubes, and translucent plastic at each end of the shelter lets sunlight filter inside. The shelter’s interior is lined with reclaimed linoleum, which provides the cats with a comfortable surface to sleep and scratch.