Maggie's Centre, Edinburgh, Phase I

Richard Murphy Architects, Edinburgh, 1996

 

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The completed north elevation with a screen of Douglas fir doors, glass blocks and glass screens 

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  • The completed north elevation with a screen of Douglas fir doors, glass blocks and glass screens    
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  • Looking east – with the timber screens open, the upstairs space becomes a gallery rather than an enclosed counselling room    
  • The staircase, bookcase and seats viewed from the entrance- the colourful space contrasts with the austere exterior    
  • Stairs    
  • Kitchen units continue the theme of sliding panels    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Short section    
  • Long section    
  • Exploded isometric    
  • The stables before construction began    
  • Detail of sliding-folding screen-door    
  • Key plan, section and isometric    

The conversion of this derelict stable block on the southern extremity of Edinburgh's Western General Hospital into a cancer care centre

The design aimed to create firstly an atmosphere of domesticity and secondly, to create as much accommodation as possible within a limited volume. The original roof beams were removed to allow the building to extend into the roof space with two mezzanine floors.

The centre is capable of being combined into a series of progressively larger spaces or divided into individual rooms, through the use of a variety of sliding panels.

Externally the building retains the look of a stable, a new inner language of steel, lead, glass, glass blocks and timber exists behind the stone.

Data

  • Completed: Oct 1996
  • Floor area: 120m2
  • Sector: Healthcare
  • Total cost: £128,000
  • Address: The Stables, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, EH4 2XU, United Kingdom

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