Carol MacBain, Laura Kinnaird and Neil Gillespie of Reiach and Hall tell the AJ about the practice’s ideas behind the Stirling Prize-shortlisted Maggie’s Lanarkshire
Gillespie said the practice had wanted to create a ‘comfortable, calm space’ at the £1.8 million centre.
He told the AJ: ‘We asked ourselves what contribution can an architect make to the situation people using the Maggie’s Centre find themselves in. all we can do is try and create the most comfortable, stress-free environment.
‘The Maggie’s staff are really doing the hard work and the building is just a backdrop to their conversations.’
Describing the journey into the centre, project architect Laura Kinnaird, added: ‘The west garden is my favourite of all the centre’s gardens. It is that one that lets you break from the normal day-to-day routine and calm down a little bit. It is a series of moments of discovery as you come through into the centre.’
The 900m² single-storey building at the Monklands Hospital in Lanarkshire is clad in stone and features a walled garden.