Despite dogs being “man’s best friend,” we rarely design our world around the happiness of our pets.

Under the direction of designer Kenya Hara, this exhibition seeks to address such pet needs and explore new perceptions of modern architecture — to the scale of canine tenants.

Thirteen constructions are being featured, all of which have been designed around specific dog breeds, including the Shiba, Spitz and Pug. Each architect’s unique aesthetic is represented in works that complement the size and personalities of the chosen dogs.

For dog lovers who are also skilled carpenters, blueprints for all the works are available to download for free at www.architecturefordogs.com; Dec. 6-May 10.

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; 1-2-1 Hirosaka, Kanazawa, Ishikawa. Kanazawa Stn. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri., Sat. till 8 p.m.). Free Admission. Closed Mon. 076-220-2800; www.kanazawa21.jp

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