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Snøhetta set to design Maggie’s Centre

Norwegian practice Snøhetta is tipped to make its long-awaited UK debut with the commission to design the new Maggie’s Centre, Aberdeen, the AJ has learned

The practice is to join a growing list of architectural stars who have designed the innovative cancer care centres including Richard Rogers, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid and Rem Koolhaas’ OMA.

It is understood the £3 million building will sit in the grounds of the Foresterhill Hospital and cater for ‘families affected by cancer across Grampian’.

The news comes as founder Kjetil T Thorsen and fellow Snøhetta principal Craig Dykers were handed their RIBA International Fellowships by president Ruth Reed last Thursday (AJ 10.02.11).

Other recipients of the accolade, which is given to overseas architects in recognition of their ‘particular contribution to architecture’, included Abdel Wahed El-Wakil of Egypt, Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries of Dutch practice MVRDV, Ma Yansong of China’s Mad Architects and Edouard François from France.

Snøhetta’s first attempt to build in the UK was scuppered in 2006 when its controversial Turner Contemporary scheme (pictured) in Margate was ditched after costs ballooned from £7 million to almost £50 million.

The practice was subsequently replaced by David Chipperfield Architects following an international contest.

Thorsen worked on the temporary Serpentine pavilion in 2007, replacing original designer, Frei Otto.

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