Dealing with cancer is a spirit-consuming challenge that has to be dealt with the utmost care. Building a new care center requires many details to be taken into consideration, which London-based CZWG Architects did while creating a stunning architectural design. Completed in 2011 on a 360 square meter area, Maggie’s Center in Nottingham’s Hospital Campus was placed between the Oncology Department and the Breast Unit. Serving the East Midlands Cancer Network, the building was designed to care for people living with cancer, their supporting family and friends, but also to lift the patient’s spirits through design: “The two story building ‘floats’ above the ground on a semi basement and is accessed by a wide bridge from up the slope. It is visibly part of the hospital but lifted up protectively amongst the trees. The green glazed oval elevation with their overlapping corners front economical square plans in which the many rooms required flow from one to another. The section exploits the curved roof and soffit to provide different height rooms and spaces. They have been richly furnished to the design of Sir Paul Smith, a famous son of Nottingham. Large balconies extend the rooms out within touching distance of the tree canopies.”
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.