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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Maggie’s Centre Fife in Kircaldy, Scotland by Zaha Hadid Architects

 
February 25th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architects
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Domestic in scale but unique in execution, Maggie’s Centre Fife is set on the edge of a hollow adjacent to Victoria Hospital: a distinctive protected environment providing a haven for cancer patients. Designed to create a transition between the natural and the man-made, it forms a gateway to the surrounding landscape.

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  • Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Name of Project: Maggie’s Centre Fife
  • Location: Kircaldy, Fife, Scotland
  • Period: 2001 – 2006
  • Client: Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres
  • Status: Built

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  • Area: 250m2
  • Design: Zaha Hadid
  • Project Architect: Jim Heverin, Tiago Correia
  • Project Team: Zaha Hadid, Jim Heverin, Tiago Correia
  • Structural: Jane Wernick Associates
  • Services Engineer: K J Tait Engineers
  • Underground Drainage: SKM Anthony Hunts
  • Cost / QS: CBA Surveyors
  • Planning: Reiach & Hall
  • Landscaping: Gross Max
  • Building Surveyor: GLM Ltd

 

Interior View

ZHA’s first built work in the UK, Maggie’s Centre Fife is a single storey construction which forms a continuation of the existing tree line that surrounds the natural hollow, with its dramatic topography. Using various study models, we explored how the edge of the hollow could transform into a building envelope.

Externally, the Centre derives from a folding surface which moves visitors into a different space from the rest of the hospital grounds, a directional emphasis reinforced by the visible roof and two opposing walls clad with the same material and the translucent and clear glass mix of the remaining elevations.

 

Exterior View

The Centre sits on a concrete plinth which connects it to the landscape. The strong directional language and material contrast of this plinth with the tarmac of the car park clearly define the entrance for new visitors. Large roof overhangs are used to extend the building into the landscape and protect the entrance doors on the north side, whilst providing solar shading to the glass elevation and partially covering the terrace on the south side.

 

Exterior View

Internally, rooms are arranged around the design of an open plan kitchen with offices on the north elevation adjacent to the entrance. For privacy, rooms to the east have a semi-opaque façade and visitors can enjoy an unobstructed view through the Centre to the south-facing glass elevation to the hidden natural landscape of the hollow.

The internal central kitchen space is kept open and column-free with a ramp connecting it to the flexi-hall and a system of pivoting doors separating it from the rest of the Centre. Designed to create a relaxed, homely and inspiring atmosphere for additional care and counselling outside the more clinical hospital environment, Maggie’s Centre Fife supports 1,700 Fife-based residents who are diagnosed with cancer every year.

 

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