As one of the oldest cities in Europe, Krakow draws in crowds of tourists in the millions every year; it also draws in extremely high levels of pollution. As the city with the highest levels of air pollution in Europe, it has been claimed that the smog causes 30% of chronic obstructive lung disease cases and that the air’s toxins are directly linked to the country’s high cancer rates.

Buildner architecture competition organisers latest architecture competition is a chance for participants to submit designs for a lung cancer care centre. Its purpose is to provide psychological support and an opportunity to socialise with others who understand what each patient is going through.

The centre should be a fairly small building that includes a community room with facilities such as a small library, play zone and kitchen. There will also need to be an office where psychiatrists and counsellors can help those dealing with lung cancer as well as a first aid room to provide medical support when needed.

The centre’s purpose is to provide comfort and a sense of community, it is not a hospital or treatment centre and should not have a clinical atmosphere. It should create a cozy and homely atmosphere in which to offer practical, emotional and social support to those fighting lung cancer as well as their families and friends.

This is an opportunity for enthusiasts to use architecture to help heal a hurting community and spread a strong message of hope.


Competition is open for all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). 


- Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English.
- All information submitted by participants must be in English.

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