The Maggie’s Centre Fife is within the grounds of Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy. Providing a resource and counselling centre for people with cancer, Maggie’s Fife is domestic in scale but unique in execution.
Maggie’s Centre Fife is located on the edge of a hollow adjacent to the hospital. The hollow has a dramatic topography, which in combination with the natural foliage and trees creates a very distinctive protected environment in stark contrast to the other facilities of Victoria Hospital. As a single storey construction, Maggie’s Fife is acontinuation of the existing tree-line that surrounds this natural hollow. The centre
has been designed as a transition between the two different types of spaces – the
natural landscape and the hospital. By using various study models, Zaha Hadid Architects
explored how an edge to the hollow could be developed which transforms itself into
a building envelope – becoming a gateway to the natural landscape.
Volume & Landscape
Externally the form of the Centre derives from a folding surface and a connecting
ground slab. The folding surface articulates a directional emphasis of moving the visitor
into a different space from the rest of the hospital grounds. By cladding the visible
roof and two opposing walls with the same material and making the remaining
elevations a mix of translucent and clear glass, the directional nature of this form
is reinforced. Large overhangs of the roof are used to extend the building into the
landscape on both sides. These overhangs protect the entrance doors on the north side
whilst on the south side they provide solar shading to the glass elevation and partially
cover the terrace.
Project: Maggie’s Centre Fife,
2001 / 2006
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