BREED: French Bulldog
ARCHITECT: A For Architecture

Describe your dog.

Coco is lazy. She can sleep all day. Sometimes if we’ve been out for a while we get home and it’s obvious she hasn’t moved since we left. She loves playing at the park with other dogs, but hates having to walk to and from the park on the lead.

Coco’s favourite past times include eating, sleeping, gnawing, napping, snacking and snoozing.

Describe your home.

Our home is a small, renovated workers cottage in inner-city Melbourne – we renovated the house three years ago. The house is bright, has a good indoor/outdoor connection and feels bigger than it’s small footprint.

What sort of energy does your dog bring to your home?

Coco has brought chaos to what was once an ordered, efficient household. Nah, just kidding – we already had two young kids, so it was already chaotic!  She has added a mischievous element to life at home though. She’s a very noisy sleeper, so if it’s quiet it means she’s found an item of furniture, a shoe or some clothing to chew.

Was your dog considered in any of the design, layout, or choice of finishes for your home?

Coco is a new addition to our home, but when we were designing the renovation we still had our previous dog Banjo. The materials we chose for the house – concrete, recycled brick, recycled timber – are all very robust, which meant they were perfect for a dog and kids to run amok and play.

Whats your dogs favourite hanging out spot?

There’s a spot on the concrete floor where the in-slab hydronic heating coils sit a bit higher, which means this spot is warmer than the rest of the floor. Coco seeks out this spot for her naps. It’s in the middle of the kitchen and living room, which is where we spend most of our family time, so she can always keep an eye on us from there.

If dogs and their owners are supposed to look the same, does this reflect in the design of your home as well?

I guess so, if only unintentionally. She has a lot in common with the features of the house – compact, solid (brick and concrete), and black. Our kitchen island bench is like a big black rectangular box - sometimes Coco looks like a solid square mass herself. 

What makes your dog unique?

She’s very stubborn. She doesn’t like walking on the lead and will sometimes just lay down in the middle of the street and refuse to budge. She has none of that fundamental want to please her humans that most dogs have – if she doesn’t want to do something there’s no bargaining with her.

How did you choose your dogs name?

Coco just seemed like the perfect fit – it’s French and suits her black-brindle colouring. She’s warm, sweet and comforting too, so it’s a good fit.

Artwork: Derek Swalwell

If your dog said something about the house, what would it be?

“It’s hard to do good zoomies on a polished concrete floor!”
“The more expensive the furniture the tastier it is to chew…”
“I’ve acquired a taste for Danish timber…”

Any other fun stories to share?

Coco is the only dog we know who hates being taken for a walk! When we take the lead out of the cupboard she races over to her bed and pretends to be asleep.