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Snøhetta's Aberdeen Maggie's Centre opens its doors

[First look] Oslo-based Snøhetta has completed a new Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

The £3 million building at Aberdeen’s Forester Hill hospital campus sits as a pavilion in the middle of an open field.

An exterior white concrete shell ‘curves over’ timber ‘pods’ containing the building’s main rooms (see below), which are arranged around a central courtyard space.

The Maggie’s centre is primarily on one ground floor level with a smaller mezzanine area for the centre’s office.

The practice joins a growing number of star architects to have designed Maggie’s Centres, including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Kisho Kurokawa, Ted Cullinan and Rem Koolhaas.

Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, partner and co-founder at Snøhetta said: ‘[For us] the relationship between form and content is central to the development of our architecture, and we are proud to have been working together with Maggie’s rising to the challenge demanded by this building that is small in size but immeasurably larger in content.’

Read the full building study in next week’s AJ (4 October).

Snohetta's completed Maggie's Centre in Aberdeen

Snohetta’s completed Maggie’s Centre in Aberdeen

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Snøhetta reveals plans for Aberdeen Maggie’s Centre

[First look] Oslo-based Snøhetta has submitted plans for a new Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

The £3 million concrete-clad project on the Foresterhill site has been described as a ‘pavilion in a parkland setting’ and will feature a ‘soft timber’ interior.

The practice joins a growing number of star architects to have designed Maggie’s Centres, including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid,Kisho Kurokawa and Rem Koolhaas.

Laura Lee, chief executive of Maggie’s, said: ’The design for Maggie’s Aberdeen is really striking and encapsulates the Maggie’s brief in providing a space that is homely and full of warmth, while sparking curiosity and imagination from its visitors.

‘This is a building that will first and foremost provide the ideal environment for people facing cancer in the region to gain support, while also greatly contributing to architecture within the region.’

Charles Jencks, who co-founded the Maggie’s charity with his late wife Maggie Keswick Jencks, said: ‘Coming from the Norwegian culture, Snøhetta has great insight into the life and landscape of the Scots – particularly Aberdeen, a short hop from Oslo. Their mixture of a warm interior of furnishings embraced by a protective shell strikes just the right balance for Maggie’s.’

A decision on the planning application is expected by early March.

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