Thomas Heatherwick Studio has been granted permission to build the new Maggie's cancer care center in Yorkshire, England. New images show a green-roofed complex of structures that resemble huge plant pots which are expected to bring a feeling of informality and domesticity to the medical facility. The idea is to create a calming environment in which patients can convalesce.
City officials granted permission for the construction of the building yesterday, two months after the design was first unveiled to the public. The curved structures with green roofs combine private and communal spaces, and are surrounded by existing hospital buildings in Yorkshire. The elements of the complex are different in size and proportion and bring nature into and around the interior spaces. In order to minimize the separation between outside and inside, the architects made sure only flat sheets of glass will enclose the internal spaces.
“Surrounded by the huge and complex medical machine for healing we wanted to capture the positive and therapeutic experience of plants and see if it could be possible to make a whole building out of a garden,” the design team said in a statement. The new Maggie’s center in Yorkshire will join another 18 centers built in the UK, designed by a suite of other renowned architecture firms, including Snøhetta, OMA, Wilkinson Eyre and Richard Rogers. The building is scheduled to open in 2017.