ity. As those undergoing chemotherapy sometimes feel pain on touching cold objects, oak rather than metal door handles have been used. Wood fibre insulation ensures a breathable, healthy environment whilst the huge window frames are American white oak. Externally the building is clad in an especially fluted, thermally modified tulipwood, a durable but theatrical ‘curtain’.
Maggie’s Oldham is a carefully made manifesto for the architecture of health, realised in wood. The project started in September 2014, gaining planning approval in late 2015. There was a great impetus to start (and finish) quickly by the client as the building was fully funded by the Stoller Charitable Trust. The project started on site in April 2016 and completed in June 2017. With over 400 visits a week – many more than expected – the building’s social impact is clear.
Superficie Lorda (mq)260
Design TeamAlex de Rijke, Jasmin Sohi, Tom Etchells
Main ContractorF Parkinson
ConsulentiTimber Advice: AHEC, Landscape Design: dRMM & Rupert Muldoon, Structural Engineer: Booth King, Cost Consultant: Robert Lombardelli Partnership, Building Services Engineer: Atelier Ten, Structural Timber Subcontractor: Zublin Timber, Artist (Curtain): Inside Outside, Landscape subcontractor: Hultons
FornitoriTulipwood Supplier: Middle Tenessee Lumber, Machining of Cladding: Morgan Timber, Internal Joinery: Uncommon Projects, Curved Glazing: IPIG, Timber Framed Windows: Aresi, Furniture: Coexistence, Wooden Door Handles: Mowat & Co / Allgood
FotografiAlex de Rijke, Jasmin Sohi, Tony Barwell
Curriculum studio / partecipantedRMM are recognised for creating architecture that is innovative, high quality and socially useful. We are a Stirling prize-winning practice based in London and founded in 1995 by Alex de Rijke, Philip Marsh, and Sadie Morgan. Our high profile, award-winning projects include Trafalgar Place, Maggie’s Oldham, Hastings Pier, Faraday House and Clapham Manor Primary School. We owe our reputation to an incredibly talented and resourceful team, who work in the belief that outstanding architecture comes about through client collaboration, creative design, environmental awareness, and building innovation. We go out of our way to understand and realise client needs through detailed research and careful practice. We use standardised, cost-effective materials and building methods to make innovative architecture. For this, and our lightness of touch, the press and public have warmed to us and have described our architecture as joyful, flamboyant and unique.