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Maggie's Centre, Hammersmith
Richard Bryant Download Original
- Begun: Oct 2006
- Completed: Apr 2008
- Floor area: 370m2
- Sector: Healthcare
- Total cost: £2.1M
- Procurement: JCT98 without quantities
- Address: Charing Cross Hospital, Fulham Palace Road, London, W6 8RF, United Kingdom
Non-institutional building arranged over one and a half floors on a domestic scale, providing a welcoming and uplifting environment for cancer patients
Maggie's Centre was designed to offer support for people affected by cancer at any stage, be they patients, family members or friends. Based within the Charing Cross Hospital site in Hammersmith, Maggie's is conceived to contrast with the main hospital building
Designed on a domestic scale the non-institutional building is 370 square metres, arranged over one and a half floors. The centre's heart is the double-height kitchen, from which the three sitting rooms, library, courtyard gardens and a number of other spaces for more private or personal conversations, open.
Light fills the interior, coming through the glazed walls at first floor level and through openings in the roof.
Despite being on a busy main road, the centre is surprisingly quiet inside, thanks to the protection of the wall and birch trees which wrap around it. The birch-faced ply and fair-face concrete finishes and furnishings - that include rugs by Paolo Lenti and furniture by Alvar Aalto - add to the relaxed, homely atmosphere.