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Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre

OMA Rem Koolhaas

Europa | Glasgow

The Maggie’s Centres, some more signature in style than others, are beautifully designed havens of peace and respite. Founded as a charitable venture 15 years ago by Charles Jencks, the guru of Post-Modernism in memory of his late wife Maggie Keswick Jencks, who died of cancer, 15 Centres, all located on hospital grounds throughout the UK, now exist. Nottingham (architect Piers Gough of CZWG) and Swansea (Kisho Kurokawa) open soon, and later Aberdeen in Scotland (Snøhetta), and then Hong Kong (Frank Gehry); three more are in the pipeline for London. Anyone affected by cancer can go to one of them for comfort, conversation when undergoing treatment or during bereavement, for the psychological and educational benefits of counseling and workshops. Complementing the clinical atmosphere of cancer centres run by the state, the Centres are full of light and open spaces with a big kitchen and...

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