Maggie's Centres: A Blueprint for Cancer Care
On View: March 7 – April 25, 2014
Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres are for anyone affected by cancer. Built on the grounds of cancer hospitals, they are designed to be warm, welcoming places that provide practical, emotional, and social support. Conceived by the late Maggie Keswick Jencks, along with her husband Charles Jencks, as a direct response to her own experience with cancer, the first Maggie’s Centre in Edinburgh opened its doors to the public in 1996. Since then, Maggie’s has grown to 17 centers across the United Kingdom and beyond, with many more to follow.
This exhibition will focus in depth on five centers: Maggie’s Dundee, designed by Frank Gehry; Maggie’s Gartnavel, designed by Rem Koolhaas; Maggie’s Nottingham, designed by Piers Gough with interiors designed by Paul Smith; Maggie’s West London, designed by Richard Rogers; and Maggie’s Barts, designed by Steven Holl (not yet realized). In exploring the unique architectural elements of each center, from the undulating roofs of Gehry’s Dundee to Holl’s musically inspired space at the future Maggie’s Barts, the exhibition illustrates the importance of user-focused design in creating an environment of help and healing. By design, Maggie’s combines aspects of healthcare and treatment that are often separate in to a single hybrid building type; a space that is part-hospital, part-church, part-museum, and part-home.
Read the press release for "Maggie's Centres: A Blueprint for Cancer Care."
Articles on the exhibit in the press:
Architect's Newspaper Blog (April 18, 2014)
Cancer.net (April 17, 2014)
Psychology Today Design on My Mind (March 21, 2014)
Healthcare Design (March 2014)
The New York Times (March 5, 2014)
Dwell (March 2, 2014)
Healthcare Design (February 25, 2014)
161 East 69th Street, NYC
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm
This exhibition is sponsored in part by Benjamin Moore, J. Pocker, and Vitra.