Maggie’s Centre by Heatherwick


Inspired and financed by the recently deceased Charles Jencks (see Arquitectura Viva 219) as a posthumous tribute to his wife, the Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres are a network of places devoted to giving emotional support and practical information and advice to cancer-afflicted people and their loved ones. They have been built all over the United Kingdom, but also in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Barcelona, by leading international architects – Foster, Gehry, Hadid, and more – and the newest one is in the city of Leeds, a work of Heatherwick Studio. This is an organic construction which uses the topography to create an environment that can be described as friendly in scale and open to views, light, and air. Fundamental too is the choice of materials, including wood, which helps to make the atmosphere provide the warmth and comfort that Maggie’s Centres aim to give.

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