Cambridge Cat Clinic
by Gort Scott

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Hackney studio Gort Scott subtly added the outline of a cat's ears to the facade of this feline veterinary clinic outside Cambridge (+ slideshow).

cat clinic by gort scott

The architects wanted to create references to cats in the design, but agreed with the client that these details would be subtle. "After years of designing with human situations in mind, it was quite interesting also designing with cats in mind," Jay Gort told Dezeen.

cat clinic by gort scott

The building occupies a former joinery shed in the village of Fulbourn. Gort Scott covered the original facade with cedar slats and picked out the shape of the cat's ears using wider sections.

cat clinic by gort scott

"The screen was considered the most elegant and cost effective way of giving the building a more welcoming, joyful appearance in a context of fairly run-down sheds," said Gort.

cat clinic by gort scott

The building's interior is reorganised, creating a large reception and waiting area at the front of the clinic. The reception desk is built from plywood and features ornate feet shaped like cat's paws.

cat clinic by gort scott

Beyond the reception are a series of consulting rooms, an operating theatre and a diagnostic laboratory, plus a large preparation room lit from above by skylights.

cat clinic by gort scott

Interior walls are painted in calming shades of turquoise, with occasional details picked out in yellow.

cat clinic by gort scott

Gort Scott is led by architects Jay Gort and Fiona Scott, whose past projects include a rugged stone house on the Isle of Man. Jay Gort also spoke at Dezeen's Designed in Hackney Day last year, where he argued that the beleaguered British high street is actually a thriving location of "collision and conflict".

cat clinic by gort scott

Another veterinary clinic completed recently is a combined surgery and home in Japan.

cat clinic by gort scott

Photography is by Angus Leadley Brown.

cat clinic by gort scott

Here's some more information from Gort Scott:


Cambridge Cat Clinic

The site for this new, cat-specialist veterinary practice was originally a joinery workshop, opposite an open field at the edge of Cambridge. Our client was a veterinarian establishing a new business.

cat clinic by gort scott

Gort Scott obtained planning permission for change of use and remodelling of the existing building to also include a new cedar wood screen on the front elevation, with a suggestion of cats ears. Beyond this screen is a generous reception and waiting area with specially-designed furniture, and views back to the open field.

cat clinic by gort scott

The main working area for the medical staff is a large multi-functioning ‘prep room’, which is top-lit by two generous skylights.

cat clinic by gort scott

The scheme’s design includes many aspects that respond to the client’s considered approach to the welfare of her animal patients and their owners.

The building serves both as a general practice specialising in feline medicine, and also as a surgery, with a full operating theatre, lab and diagnostic area.

cat clinic by gort scott

Above: site plan - click for larger image

Name of project: Cambridge Cat Clinic
Date of completion: 01/ 06/ 2012
Total contract value; £156,000

Credits list
Client: Cambridge Cat Clinic
Start on site date: 05/11/2011
Gross internal floor area: 224m2

cat clinic by gort scott

Above: floor plan - click for larger image

Form of contract and/or procurement : JCT Minor Works contract
Structural engineer: Charles Tallack Engineering consultancy
Planning supervisor: AFP Construction consultants
Total cost : £156,000
Main contractor: Bob Black Construction Ltd.

Selected subcontractors and suppliers:
Windows: Velfac
Flooring: Forbo
Internal partitions: Rodecca
Joinery: Precision Joinery

cat clinic by gort scott

Above: front elevation - click for larger image

  • Emma

    “Suggestion of cat’s ears” … and that’s all it takes to get published. Wow.

    • Ada

      Miaow Emma! Sweet elegant project. Hard to make good, simple things and this is that. Well done.

    • Jenny

      Yeah, nice if not quite plain project and all that, but really not giving shallow-double-pitch roofs ‘cat ear’ status any time soon… Weak effort if that was the intention.

  • redordead

    Refreshingly simple and effective, despite or because of the low budget.

  • douglas

    I’m liking the feet on the desk. Very playful. The cat’s ears are way too subtle and could go unnoticed if it wasn’t for the suggestion within the text.