Krakow Oxygen Home Competition

Submission: November 18, 2015
Registration: November 04, 2015
Language: English
Location: Krakow, Poland
Prizes: 1st Prize: 6,000$, 2nd Prize: 3,000$, 3rd Prize: 1,000$
Type: Open


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.

HMMD’s 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.


3 winning proposals and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. HMMD will award a total of US $10,000 in prize money to competition winners as follows:

1st prize winner – US$ 6,000
2nd prize winner – US$ 3,000
3rd prize winner – US$ 1,000

The winners will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured on the HMMD website.

The following media partners have committed to present the current competition and its winners in their publications: Arch20; Archello; Archi.ru; Archilovers; Archinect; Architectur Journal; Wettbewerbe; Architime.ru; Australian Design Review; BauNetz; NIP; ViaVili; WA; World Architecture; World Architecture News and more. 

For potential media partners who are also interested in covering the present competition and its winners, please contact us on: hello@hmmd.org

HMMD will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.


Allison Schwartz – MA Architects, USA; Andrejs Edvards Rauchut – RISEBA, Latvia; Audrey McKee – Renzo Piano Building Workshop, France; Carlos M Guimarães – A10 magazine, Portugal; Collin Anderson, aRenzo Piano Building Workshop, France; Gemawang Swaribathoro – OMA, Hong Kong; Gia-Hy Hoang – Search Architects, France; Mandy Too – DPA, Singapore; Pierre-Henri Baudart – Studio Akkerhuis, France; Simon McGown- CO-office, USA. /list to be updated

Competition Schedule:

Early Bird Registration: AUGUST 5 – SEPTEMBER 2
Advance Registration: SEPTEMBER 3 – OCTOBER 7
Last Minute Registration: OCTOBER 8 – NOVEMBER 4

Closing date for registration: NOVEMBER 4, 2015
Closing date for submission: NOVEMBER 18, 2015 (11.59pm GMT)

Announcement of the winners: DECEMBER 2, 2015


Early Bird Registration: US$ 90
Advance Registration: US$ 120
Last Minute Registration: US$ 140

Following documentation is available for download:

– Full competition brief
– Site and context photographs
– CAD and PDF site plan and sections
– CAD and PDF vegetation plan and sections
– 3D site model

All information can be downloaded as often as required; no additional information or material will be provided after registering. The provided materials can be used or alternatives can be created or sourced at the participant’s discretion.


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.

Go to the competition’s website