Maggie’s Centre by Foster + Partners, in Manchester, United Kingdom

Maggie’s Centre will be a new drop-in center for cancer patients receiving ongoing treatments at Manchester’s Christie hospital designed with the emotional well-being of sufferers from cancer in mind. Maggie’s is a charity that provides practical and emotional support in purpose-built settings, and to this end they have enlisted The Lord Foster’s prestigious architectural firm to create colorful, cheery domestic spaces surrounded by verdure, but also with a number of strategically implemented clear sight lines to allow for passive surveillance by the Centre’s staff. It is not only the improvement of the mental health of patients that Maggie’s and our friends at Foster + Partners have sought to accomplish with their plan, but given the still very mysterious nature of cancer, how it moves and where and why it does or does not metastasize, one of the goals of this project is to address the possible psychosomatic causes of cancer with a view towards offsetting them.

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