A Maggie’s Centre in Manchester, designed by Foster + Partners, is one of three finalists for the inaugural Architectural Review Healthcare Award
The cancer care centre, completed earlier this year, is shortlisted alongside a new psychiatric hospital in Slagelse, Denmark, by Karlsson Architects and Vilhelm Lauritzen Arkitekter and Rural Urban Framework’s Angdong Hospital in Baoxing County, rural China.
The new award seeks to celebrate the most ambitious healthcare projects built within the last five years, ranging from small-scale clinics and doctors’ surgeries to hospitals, medical centres and university medical departments. Other schemes considered included recovery and rehabilitation buildings and care homes.
Judge Michel Mossessian, of Mossessian Architecture, said: ‘Our three finalist projects couldn’t be further apart in terms of scale; wellbeing is not a question of scale, yet collective aspiration suggests that spaces are better when shared by people, in all their diversity and numbers.’
Mossessian was joined on the jury by Patty Hopkins of Hopkins Architects and Klavs Hyttel of CF Møller.
The judges looked for projects that not only provided immediate practical care but also opened a discussion about the role architecture might play in the physical or mental healing process, and how this can extend beyond a building into cities and society. An independent writer and photographer also visited each finalist and reported their findings back to the jury.
The winner will be announced later this week.