Matthew Coates, principle of Bainbridge Island, Wash.-based sustainable architecture firm Coates Design Architects, is used to catering to the unique needs and wants of his clients.


Take for example two Coates Design residential projects that I featured back in November: When working with client Earl Dorsey, a father of two whose life over the past 10 years has been marked by personal tragedy, Coates designed an imposing island retreat with a distinct sense of “mystery, of guardedness” but also with plenty of “warmth and peacefulness.” For Heather and Tom Perilstein, Coates designed an airy, minimalist home that’s chock-full of energy- and water-saving features but also leaves ample room for the couple to showcase their true passion: Mexican folk art.


For a more recent sustainable home-building project, Coates worked with a client with no less demanding needs: a Great Dane named Henri.


For Henri, Coates designed a beauty of a backyard doghouse called the Eco-Doghouse. Built from materials salvaged from construction projects that would have otherwise been landfilled, Coates also incorporated FSC-certified siding, thermal heated concrete floors, and various nontoxic products as to avoid “doggie asthma, dermatitis, allergies, skin infections or other health issues that may generate from utilizing toxic products.”


Topping off the Eco-Doghouse is a beautiful green roof. Built by PHC Construction, Henri’s new home also includes a large window that gives him a full view of the desk belonging to his “his favorite person on earth:" his dad, Matthew Coates.

For more fetching eco-friendly doghouses, check out these posts on Stephanie Rubin’s Greenrrroof Animal Homes, the super-hip Houndstooth Dogtent from designer John Santos, and these DIY pooch teepees made from straw, clay and dung. Have you built or are you considering building a green pied-à-terre for your pooch? 


Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Award-winning green architect goes to the dogs
Matthew Coates of Coates Design Architects designs a healthy, green-roofed abode for a special client with special needs: His Great Dane, Henri.