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a doghouse

Dake Wells Architecture is a design-centered practice specializing in architecture, interiors and graphics, with an emphasis on progressive and sustainable design solutions. The firm was founded in 2004 by Brandon Dake, AIA, LEED AP and Andrew Wells, AIA, LEED AP, and is located in downtown Springfield, Missouri. Dake Wells Architecture’s reputation is growing as the leader in intelligent design solutions for progressive clients and the firm is committed to raising the level of architectural design excellence in the Ozarks. Dake Wells Architecture focuses on ingenuity in problem solving with limited means, while designing places that inspire people and enrich the human spirit. Their approach is to develop design solutions based on logic and rational problem solving, but without the preconceived ideas that have been repeated before. Each project is analyzed and conceptualized afresh, with rigor and a healthy dose of wit. The firm’s work has been published widely and recognized with twenty three design awards at the local, regional and national level including a 2010 National Honor Award for Interiors from the American Institute of Architects for the Exeter Schools Multipurpose Space. Dake Wells Architecture believes that architects have a responsibility to make our world a better place. With that commitment, the firm supports the mission of Habitat for Humanity.

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Buster, Amanda Snelson’s Yorkshire Terrier

K9 is a doghouse conceived of nine K’s. The modular canine dwelling is versatile in a dog-lover’s home. Left intentionally open-ended, the house can be used as an end table, periodical rack, ottoman, or some as yet undiscovered device that brings joy to its user. Arranging the tripartite object in search of engaging spatial conditions is akin to the mesmerizing game of Jenga. Just imagine what could be built with half a dozen of these. Using the sans serif font Geniso, the ascender of the lower case k supports the K9 roof, while a newspaper, or a chew toy rests on its shoulders. The upper case K provides a contemporarily flat roof structure, suitable for coffee cups and lamps, while establishing the identifiable gabled interior space of a dog house. The K9 house is designed for a small, indoor dog who likes to get away from it all every once in a while. Privacy is important to our canine friends, sometimes.


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case studies

are a great way to be inspired. on the following pages are a few of our inspirations. see if you can identify the relationships between the work of these renowned designers and the K9 house.


louis kahn Louis Kahn (February 20, 1901 – March 17, 1974) was an American architect based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. influenced by ancient ruins, Kahn’s work tends to the monumental and monolithic; his heavy buildings do not hide their weight, their materials, or the way they are assembled. Louis Kahn’s works are considered as monumental beyond modernism.

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robert venturi

Robert Venturi (born June 25, 1925 in Philadelphia) is an American architect, founding principal of the firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, and one of the ma jor figures in the architecture of the twentieth century. Together with his wife and partner, Denise Scott Brown, he helped to shape the way that architects, planners and students experience and think about architecture and the American built environment.

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donald judd

Donald Judd (June 3, 1928 – February 12, 1994) was an American artist associated with minimalism (a term he nonetheless stridently disavowed). in his work, Judd sought autonomy and clarity for the constructed object and the space created by it, ultimately achieving a rigorously democratic presentation without compositional hierarchy.


richard serra Richard Serra (born November 2, 1939) is an American minimalist sculptor and video artist known for working with large-scale assemblies of sheet metal.

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e. fay jones Euine Fay Jones, (January 31, 1921 – August 31, 2004) was an American architect and designer from Pine Bluff, Arkansas. he was an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright. Jones ignored architectural trends and instead focused on his own organic aesthetic with materials found in the Ozarks and familiar traditional forms from his home region.


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Humphry, Amanda Snelson’s Pug/mix

the design process

in it’s many phases takes diverse forms, as outlined in the following pages. we begin with a collaborative process of conceptualizing, where any thought or idea is game; then we sketch and build physical models to explore our initial ideas; then take them to the computer to see what will work best; and finally produce drawings to communicate our design to the builders.


the napkin sketch

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physical models


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exploring all options we explored many iterations of our first concept, using different fonts. as you can see, the typeography lead the form of the doghouse.


Fiona and Tali, Brigette Williams’s Doberman Pinschers

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the drawings

finalize and communicate our ideas. they tell the story, including all the details.


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The prototypical doghouse form is reflected in the interior void of the K9 house. The diagram on the facing page outlines the space shaped by the edges of each of the three Ks; two lower case back to back and one upper case above.







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Brandon Dake’s friend, Toby

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of K9 involved a close collaboration with Lee Loveall, owner of Loveall Custom Sheet Metal, and his amazing and talented staff. In the interest of sustainability and in the spirit of Habitat’s ReStore, discarded materials were salvaged from the scrap heap and given new life. the house is constructed of 12 gauge weathering steel, ensuring its long life and giving it a richness in material texture and color.


although initial conversations led Lee to agree to volunteer his time to construct a single K9 house, his wife insisted that would never do. If the design was truly a multi-functional piece, serving as a shelter for a small furry friend, as well as an end table and periodical rack, it needed a companion to complete the ensemble. Lee agreed and built a twin.

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Andrew, Lee and Jason

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Daisy, Mark Wheeler’s Boston Terrier

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the completed K9

house has been weathered and provided with a clear finish, giving its subtle sheen and deep, rich color as well as added convenience in cleanability. buster enjoys the space featured on the following pages. It’s captured on film by one of the most talented young architectural photographers in the nation, Gayle Babcock. Gayle’s images have been published widely, including two projects recognized with national awards from the American Institute of Architects.


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Buster, Amanda Snelson’s Yorkie


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Dake Wells Architecture (clockwise from the left) Andrew Wells, Brandon Dake, Matt Thornton, Mark Wheeler, Kirk Dillon, Tim Pilla, Bethany Kehlenbrink, Monica Stegall, Brigette Williams, Matt Trtan, & Amanda Snelson. (Image by Convey Studios)

design donated by Dake Wells Architecture

special thanks to: Kirk Dillon Bethany Kehlenbrink Amanda Snelson Buster Snelson Andrew Wells

construction donated by Loveall Sheet Metal

Lee Loveall

Adam Chambers photography donated by Architectural Imageworks, LLC

Gayle Babcock printing donated by Color Graphic Printing, Inc.

Habitat for Humanity 2011 Board of Directors J.B. “Dude” Melton, President Tonya Collister, Vice President Rachel Dwiggins, Treasurer Jon Risdal, Secretary Nickie Bland Erica Bauer Steve Brown Jonathan Gano Tom Howard Scott Kisling Shanda Logsdon Greg McKinney Ann Littell-Mills

Dr. Robin Miller Michal Moss Early Stuart Murr Gail Noggle Gene O’Dell Byron Pierce Michele Risdal-Barnes Simeon Shelton Irick Thurman Greg Weaver Andrew Wells Rick Windes Daniel Wooten


Habitat for Humanity of Springfield believes every person in the Springfield and Greene County area deserves to live in safe, decent and affordable housing. As one of 2,300 affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat Springfield builds an average of 10 - 15 homes each year. Since 1988, Habitat Springfield has either built or rehabilitated over 150 homes, providing shelter for more than 600 men, women and children in the Greene County area. Habitat Springfield partners with deserving families and individuals to build homes, and we rely on support from the community to provide compassionate construction. Community volunteers and corporate sponsors help Habitat Springfield fulfill our mission to provide safe and affordable housing to those who would otherwise go without it. In addition to building homes, Habitat Springfield also operates the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The ReStore helps raise funds to build more houses by offering discount building materials, home improvement items, appliances, and more. The ReStore accepts donations of new and gently-used building materials and offers them for up to 75% off retail price, and is open to the public Monday Saturday, 8:30-5:00. Habitat for Humanity of Springfield 2410 South Scenic Avenue Springfield, Missouri 65807 417-829-4001

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K9 a doghouse  

K9 is a doghouse conceived of nine K’s. The modular canine dwelling is versatile in a dog-lover’s home. Left intentionally open-ended, th...