|Maggie's Cancer Caring Center in Aberdeen © Snøhetta|
Located at the southern boundary of Foresterhill at the edge of the Westburb field, the 350-square-meter Center will profit from its environment to provide the best climate for its patients facing cancer. A lush grass field, with existing tree line along the Westburn, new planting of Maple trees, a group of Beech trees constitute the natural elements of the site. A courtyard created by a big void will be covered with a mix of hard and soft surfaces with a centrally planted Flowering Cherry Tree, as the section below shows, the agency says.
|Maggie's Center — Section CC © Snøhetta|
While being connected to the hospital, the Maggie's Center is announced to be independent.
|Maggie's Cancer Caring Center in Aberdeen — Plan © Snøhetta.|
As mentioned above, the big void operates as not only a courtyard but also a skylight, allowing the connection between interior and exterior. It can also double as a lighting system by night. The building will be clad in a hard concrete.
|Maggie's Cancer Caring Center in Aberdeen — Section AA © Snøhetta.|
This Cancer Caring Center will be conceived to allow for the best environment for its users: personal, patients and visitors. As Charles Jencks argues: "Snøhetta, coming from the Norwegian culture, has great insight into the life and landscape of the Scots — particularly Aberdeen, a short hop from Oslo. Their mixture of a warm interior of furnishing embraced by a protective shell strikes just the right balance for Maggie's."
|Maggie's Cancer Caring Center in Aberdeen — Section BB © Snøhetta.|
Its interior will reflect the exterior environment by selecting soft timber materials. In this context, the interior will contrast with the exterior cladded with hard concrete.
|Maggie's Cancer Caring Center in Aberdeen — Ground Floor Plan © Snøhetta.|
Project: Maggie's Cancer Caring Center
Size: 350 sq. m.
Status: In progress