Decided by a jury headed by Marta Sękulska-Wrońska, president of the Warsaw Branch of the Association of Polish Architects, a winner has been announced in the competition to design a new shelter for Warsaw’s homeless cats.
Won by Kraków-based architect Piotr Głowacki, the two-story building will take shape on the edge of the forest and will feature, among other things, large windows on the ground floor and a green roof.
Magdalena Młochowska, of Green Warsaw, said: “Warsaw cares about animals a great deal, but we can improve even more – that’s why we decided to organize an architectural competition for a new shelter for cats.”
The facility will fall under the control of the shelter at Paluch and has been designed for cats only. Four times larger than Warsaw’s existing primary space, it will have a capacity to house up to 300 cats.
Saliently, unlike the current shelter, it will be free from the sounds of barking dogs and will offer a peaceful sanctuary for Warsaw’s moggies. According to the press release, Głowacki’s plan will also include the addition of outdoor runs, quarantine rooms, operating theaters, and veterinary labs.
As things stand, construction should being next year with the shelter scheduled to open sometime in 2025.