Working closely with expert consultants and collaborators, Heatherwick Studio has created a warm and welcoming space for the 26th Maggie’s Centre. The building and its interiors feature an abundance of verdant greenery – an important part of the charity’s tribute to founders Maggie Keswick Jencks, a writer and garden designer, and her architect husband, Charles Jencks. Visitors and patients of Maggie’s are encouraged to help care for the centre’s 23,000 bulbs and 17,000 plants.
Drawing upon the philosophy of Maggie’s and the belief that great design can help people feel better, Maggie’s Leeds uses several ‘healthy’ materials and energy-saving techniques. ‘Our aim was to build a home for people affected by cancer that would be soulful and welcoming, unlike other typical clinical environments,’ says studio founder Thomas Heatherwick. ‘By only using natural, sustainable materials and immersing the building in thousands of plants, there was a chance for us to make an extraordinary environment capable of inspiring visitors with hope and perseverance during their difficult health journeys.’
We spoke with Project Leader Angel Tenorio to find out more about the design and inspiration behind the project.