Photo: Sven Gjeruldsen, The Royal Court.Photo: Sven Gjeruldsen, The Royal Court

HM The Queen of Norway and HRH The Dutchess of Rothesay Open New Maggie's Cancer Centre

Last updated: 24/09/2013 // On Monday 23rd September Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Rothesay officially opened the new Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre in Aberdeen, Scotland, designed by the Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta.

Maggie’s Centres provide support to people living with cancer and their friends and family. Altogether there are 17 Maggie’s Centers around the world. While each centre is distinctive and different, they all offer the same informal, comfortable surroundings for the people they serve. At the opening The Queen and The Duchess were given a guided tour of the centre.

The first Maggie’s Centre was opened in Edinburgh in November 1996. Maggie Keswick Jencks was the co-founder, alongside Charles Jencks. She was a writer, landscape designer, painter and mother of two. She died of cancer in 1995. During the last two years of her life, Maggie authored the article “A View from the Front Line” and put a great deal of effort into defining the real needs of people with cancer and their friends and relatives. She looked beyond medical issues, focusing instead on things that were important for everyday life: access to information, emotional support and a chance to meet others in the same situation.

The Duchess has been committed to the cancer cause for many years, and is the President of Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. Last year the Royal pair visited the Cancer Clinic at Oslo University Hospital.

In the belief that architecture can provide and inspire to hope and joy, the building is shaped with exceptional structures. The architects behind the building are the Norwegian firm Snøhetta in collaboration with the locally-based practice Halliday Fraser Munroe. The sweeping curve of this 350m² Maggie’s Centre is part of Snøhetta’s first permanent building in the UK. The curve’s enfolding embrace, in sprayed concrete shell, is designed to give cancer sufferers in Aberdeen and beyond, a warm place where they can find fellowship and guidance. ‘In a world of architectural commercialism, it has been the most meaningful task to seek employment with spaces, materials and landscapes in the services of psychological and emotional healing processes’, said Snøhetta’s Kjetil Thorsen.  


Read more at Maggie's Cancer Centre's web page here.  


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