Design Awards 2015
Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre, Lanarkshire
Reiach and Hall Architects
Winner: Supreme Award
Winner: Wood for Good Award
Winner: Design Award
Maggie’s Lanarkshire is a tale of enclosed gardens – a garden is a civilised place, a cultivated place.
Early garden enclosures were woven fences. The walls at Maggie’s take up ideas of paradise, enclosure and fence. The brick is beautiful and at moments in its peregrination it opens up to form a delicate perforated lattice – offering a separation from the hospital grounds. Yet through its pierced nature, this break is subtle and in places even marginal.
The walls then conceal a modest low building gathering a sequence of domestic spaces, both internal and external. The external courts catch sunlight, creating sheltered sitting-out places, sitooteries.
Visitors enter a quiet arrival court. At once a sense of dignity and calm is encountered. A linear rill, a spring, animates the space with the sound of running water.
The plan is perforated with four sheltered courts, intimate external rooms. Golden metal lightcatchers hover over these reflecting sunlight. A simple steel structure creates an intimate scale while allowing spaces and rooms to either open up or close down to create private moments.
The journey through the building emerges out into a large walled garden that slopes down to the east; generous terraces give way to a richly-planted garden that in time will create its own pockets of space for quiet reflection or conversation.