The first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996 and since then Maggie’s has continued to grow, with 20 Centres at major NHS cancer hospitals in the UK and abroad.
Maggie's Centres offer free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends. Help is offered freely to anyone with any type of cancer.
My photorealistic renders were created using ArchiCAD and finalised with Photoshop.
The images capture the journey through the building and the uplifting experiences an individual will have walking through the beautiful indoor garden, up a naturally lit staircase into a light open plan first floor.
The visitors will have the option to speak to a councillor, read a book before a doctors appointment or just simply enjoy a cup of tea.
I focused on making the Maggie Centre as ‘homely’ and as comfortable as possible. This is the continuous theme throughout all of the centres; when a visitor enters the space, they naturally feel more relaxed and can easily navigate around the building.
I was inspired to create a Maggie’s centre after attending guest lectures at university. Hearing the ideas behind the design, and how well thought out every element of the centre was, really motivated me.
The windows in the centre are from floor to ceiling to allow light to shine into the area, filling the space with light.
The process of learning to design for a new audience has taught me how much of an importance natural light is in interiors.
Along with the element of natural light I also decided to introduce plants to create a sense of calm and to contribute to the overall experience.