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.
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