Foster and Holl chosen for next Maggie’s centres
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.
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.
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.
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.