I was recently involved in setting up the lighting controls at one of Scotland’s newest Maggie’s centres. These centers run on a charitable basis provide crucial support to people with cancer and their friend and families.
I’ve visited a number of the centres and they are all designed by well known architect s including Richard Murphy, Page and Park, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid and Richard Rogers with The lighting, architecture and landscape design aim to create a sanctuary for people learning to live with cancer..
The Maggies at monklands , designed by Edinburgh based firm Reiach and Hall Architects, was awarded the Roses Design Awards Proposed Building of the Year 2011 Gold
A full selection of photos can be found on Reiach and Hall’s website here
The lighting designed by Speirs and Major was their third Maggies centre in the UK they have worked on including the award winning Maggies centre London
The lighting design,controls, architecture work together to for the project allow simple operation for the many staff, volunteers and other users of the spaces.
If you would like to help the Maggies charity you can find a link with ways to give below and you also might be interested in the fantastic book about the project and it’s architecture.
It is commonly thought that there are two kinds of architecture; one is sociable and useful; the other, putting form first, is called startitecture and is assumed to be less sensitive to need and even destructive to health. The Maggie’s buildings show us that having high architectural and compositional aims can celebrate usefulness and thereby contribute to human joy and health.” — Ted Cullinan