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Saturday26 July 2014

Foster and Holl chosen for next Maggie’s centres

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Holl’s designs include a bamboo interior and a yoga garden

Steven Holl and Norman Foster are the latest high-profile architects appointed to design a Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre.

Foster has confirmed his practice will design a centre at The Christie hospital in south Manchester, the architect’s home town.

St Barts hospital in central London

St Barts hospital in central London, which Holl’s design will replace

The hospital, which specialises in cancer treatment, is yet to finalise a site for the Maggie’s centre and the practice has not started working on designs.

Meanwhile Holl, whose only other UK project - a new home for the Glasgow School of Art – is currently under construction, will design a centre for St Barts hospital in central London.

Holl’s watercolour studies of the centre include a bamboo interior and a yoga garden, and are currently on show at the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition.

Steven Holl’s Maggie's Centre designs

Holl’s watercolour studies of the centre include a bamboo interior and a yoga garden

Meanwhile, Maggie’s is also drawing up plans for its first centre in Barcelona, Spain. A Catalan-based team approached the UK organisation about opening a similar centre of networks and is now seeking a site and raising €2 million to construct and maintain the first building.

Steven Holl’s Maggie's Centre designs

Steven Holl’s Maggie’s Centre designs

So far ten Maggie’s centres in the UK have been completed.  CZWG’s centre in Nottingham and OMA’s centre in Glasgow both opened in mid 2012, while  Kisho Kurokawa’s at the Singleton Hospital in Swansea opened last December.

Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners won the 2009 Stirling Prize for its Maggie’s centre Charing Cross Hospital.

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  • tesserae

    great admirer of Steven Holl, will wait and see. So far any contextual connection with historic surrounds does not appear to be included. This area could offer a more complex canvas than the regular innercity exterior hospital environment.

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  • I'm sure I'm breaking several house rules, but I feel the urge to share how much I enjoy comments from Nicola Raye - I never have any idea what she is saying, but it's a very enjoyable twenty minutes trying to work out whether she is, in fact, saying anything.

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  • tesserae

    Ha ! M. Charles .......- have personal experience of Maggie centres, as explained somewhere else on BD - and fail to see the incoherence.

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