Location:  Dumfries, Scotland

Type: Private Garden

Status: Complete Winter 2011

Role: Landscape Architect




Project Awards: RIBA Award Winner 2012, Sterling Prize Short list 2012​

Maggie’s Centre provides a space for practical and emotional support for people with cancer, their families and friends.  Working closely with OMA and Rem Koolhaus, the landscape and building developed together to provide a sanctuary within the hospital grounds.

The building cycles around its internal courtyard. The courtyard garden and the surrounding landscape are seen in constantly changing views as you move through the building, and are seen reflected in the glass of the windows and overlayed on top of eachother through the building itself. 

The internal courtyard is designed along two lines of undulating ground that cushion around the building, and create areas of seasonal wet planting in the depressions. The small mounds also create a protected place to sit close to the flowering perennials-planting chosen for its scent and seasonal variation. 

The swale surrounding the building is planted with wet-loving plants. The layers of mound, swale and planting create several boundaries between the Maggies building and the surrounding hospital campus, provinding a good buffer zone between the two. At the back of the centre a path zig-zags between different existing mature trees, like the path of cancer care, the path is not linear Nor always obvious. Each leg of the path leads straight towards a mature tree and then zig-zags past it: gateways on your journey.

Maggie’s Centre provides a space for practical and emotional support for people with cancer along with their families and friends.  


Glasgow, Scotland, UK


Cancer support


Landscape Architect

Lily Jencks in collaboration with Harrison Stevens






Designed by:

Project Awards:

RIBA Award Winner 2012

Sterling Prize Short list 2012

At the end of the zig-zag path is a small installatio of trunks to provide a seating rest area away from the centre for quiet reflection. The reflection dome uses large elm trunks cut on top to create a bowl, with mirrored steel that brings the sky and canopy to the woodland floor. In collaboration with Archie McConnel.

Lily Jencks Studio: Lily Jencks


December 2020 Lily Jencks on Super Jury at World Architecture Festival. November 2020 Lily Jencks Judging Panel RIBA Silver Medal. October 2020 Talk with Lily Jencks @MSCTY_SPACE part of London Festival of Architecture "Unseen Architecture"- 19 March 2020 Talk with Lily Jencks @ Clemenger Auditorium, Melbourne for "Transformative landscapes: Designing the healthy city" - October 2019 Ruins Studio wins the ABB Leaf Award in the category "Best New Start-Up Practice Project" -June 2019 LJS Quintessentially English: What does it mean to be Native, listed as 1 of 10 unmissable events and exhibitions @ London Festival of Architecture 2019 - 22 June 2019 Talk with Lily Jencks at Cabot Square for 'Quintessential English Garden' as part of the LFA - February 2019 Lily Jencks Studio winner @ SURFACE DESIGN AWARD in the category"Housing Interior Surface" with the project Powis Cloud