[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.