Rem Koolhaas’ practice OMA has won the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award 2012 with its Maggie’s Gartnavel in Glasgow
The ‘extraordinary’ £2.8 million cancer care centre, which was also shortlisted for this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize, was chosen as the ‘clear winner’ from a 13-strong shortlist to scoop the £25,000 first prize at a ceremony earlier tonight (8 November).
The award, which was presented to the OMA team by Scotland’s cabinet secretary for culture and external affairs, Fiona Hyslop is still the largest architectural jackpot in the UK.
The full judges’ citation for the Maggies’ centre
‘This is an extraordinary building – a place of calm, simultaneously welcoming and open. Maggie’s Centres provide support for people with cancer, their families and friends. Exceptional architecture and innovative spaces make people feel better.
‘This single-level building, a ring of interlocking rooms, is close to the Beatson Cancer Centre. The spaces feel casual but allow for privacy. The approach is about modest external expression, embracing a courtyard garden to generate a unique place of gentle contemplation and an exemplary caring environment.’
Five other schemes were handed Special Mentions (see below).
The panel of judges was chaired by Professor Andy MacMillan Ian Gilzean of the Scottish Government’s Architecture and Place Division, Kerr Robertson of Glasgow City Council and Daphne Thissen, the cultural attaché from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The jury looked looked for projects which showed ‘innovation and design excellence, irrespective of size or type’. Other key considerations were detailing, accessibility, environmental issues and technical skill.
Andy MacMillan said: ‘The standard of the shortlisted projects for the Doolan Award is always high. ‘This year we visited fourteen projects throughout Scotland which were widely varying in scale and building type. Their quality bodes well for the future of Scottish architecture but the five Special Mentions are of truly international quality and the winner is a gem.’
Projects given a Special Mention