Thursday20 July 2017


Maggies Centre, Kirkcaldy

Maggie's Centre, Kirkcaldy by Zaha Hadid

4 April 2016

In 2006, Zaha Hadid’s first UK building opened. It was a Maggie’s cancer care centre in the grounds of a Kirkcaldy hospital and BD’s then architecture critic Ellis Woodman found that it took excellent advantage of a quirky site to create architecture of a very high order. This is what he wrote

Lydia Eva

Lydia Eva Court by Barron and Smith Architects

14 October 2014

By 2051 it is predicted over two million people in the UK will have dementia and more care homes will need to be built that are adapted to these complex needs. One pioneering care home in Norfolk shows how it can be done, says Ike Ijeh

Zonnestraal Sanatorium by Jan Duiker with Bernard Bijvoet

MJ Long's inspiration: Zonnestraal Sanatorium by Jan Duiker with Bernard Bijvoet

31 October 2013

Long & Kentish co-founder MJ Long is reacquainted with the now-restored Zonnestraal Sanatorium that first opened her eyes to European modernism

Ortus Maudsley Learning Centre by Duggan Morris Architects

Ortus Maudsley Learning Centre by Duggan Morris Architects

14 August 2013

Duggan Morris’s precisely considered learning centre provides an elegant oasis of openness that links a south London psychiatric facility with its historic urban surroundings

Maggie's North East by Cullinan Studio

Maggie's North East by Cullinan Studio

22 May 2013

Ted Cullinan’s thoughtful Maggie’s Centre makes the most of Newcastle’s elusive sunshine and creates a home-like atmosphere on a hospital campus

Nevele Care Home extension by 51N4E

Nevele care home extension by 51N4E

15 May 2013

A quietly radical intervention at a Belgian care home addresses the challenges of designing for an ageing population by changing relationships within and beyond the building

Kisho Kurokawa's Maggie Centre

Kisho Kurokawa's Maggie's Centre

13 June 2012

Before he died in 2007, the legendary Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa sketched out a swirling, ‘dragon-tailed’ cancer care centre in Swansea. Now the UK’s 13th Maggie’s Centre has been completed in titanium-studded concrete by Garbers & James

The exterior is set inset with hundreds of triangular titanium plates

Solving the panel puzzle

12 June 2012 | Updated: 20 August 2012

The Maggie’s Centre certainly provided a stern test of the capabilities of precast concrete supplier Thorp Precast. The job involved creating 56 precast panels, and although many of these were similar, very few were identical

The blocks are in an interlocking circle around a planted courtyard

Maggie’s Centre Gartnavel by OMA Video

5 October 2011

OMA wilfully subverts expectations at its Glasgow Maggie’s Centre, which melts unassumingly into the background.

Detail of AHMM’s Kentish Town Health Centre street facade.

AHMM puts Kentish Town Health Centre in the picture

BD Magazine - Healthcare - March 2009

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has helped realise a pioneering medical practice’s ambition for a centre where health, medicine and art come together

Cedar slats and render give a bright finish.

Sheffield hospital’s new medical ward is a picture of health

BD Magazine - Healthcare - March 2008

Sheppard Robson brings colour and clarity to NHS design.

A garden for England

BD Magazine - Healthcare - March 07

A serene, green courtyard is the at the heart of Steffian Bradley’s Gravesham Community Hospital in Kent

Other architects have made extensive use of concrete in their Maggie's designs, including Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners, Rem Koolhaas and Snohetta

The ‘cosmic whirlpool’ and other Maggie’s Centres

11 June 2012 | Updated: 20 August 2012

When writer and garden designer Maggie Keswick Jencks was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993, together with her husband, the architectural writer Charles Jencks, she set about her creating a charity project to provide cancer sufferers with expert support within a more sympathetic built environment

Each unit is a different width

Toh Shimazaki’s eye surgery is sight specific

25 September 2009

A brief to rethink a new eye surgery scheme has resulted in a non-invasive design that grows out of the contours of its secluded West Sussex site

Landscape architect Dan Pearson has conceived of the main approach as a grove of magnolia trees.

Rogers Stirk Harbour’s Maggie’s Centre at Charing Cross Hospital is a place like home

9 May 2008

A sense of abstract domesticity pervades the first Maggie’s Centre to be built in England — at challenging site at Charing Cross Hospital

Underground forest

13 March 2008

Sky views for Ansell & Bailey’s basement radiography suite at the Royal Marsden

A wall of coloured ceramic tiles is set back from the building line at ground floor level.

Lift and celebrate

BD Magazine - Healthcare - March 07

In a south-west London suburb, Penoyre & Prasad has negotiated its way through a complex contract and NHS regulations to deliver a striking uplift in design standards

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