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Maggie's Cancer Care Day Centre and Swansea Building Control

This calm and welcoming drum like space includes a social kitchen area and fireplace leading into more focused areas of programmed accommodation, e.g. counselling rooms, relaxation rooms, a library etc.

Maggie's © Lorenz Haarmaan
Maggie's Cancer Care Day Centre © Thore Garbers
Maggie's at night © Lorenz Haarmaan
Kitchen © Lorenz Haarmaan
Inside Maggie's © Lorenz Haarmaan
Large window © Thore Garbers
Maggie's © Lorenz Haarmaan
Maggie's Cancer Care Day Centre © Thore Garbers
Maggie's at night © Lorenz Haarmaan
Kitchen © Lorenz Haarmaan
Inside Maggie's © Lorenz Haarmaan
Large window © Thore Garbers

This building was designed as a 'cosmic whirlpool' by one of Japan's most internationally acclaimed architects, Kisho Kurokawa but sadly he died in 2007. Architects Garber & James who had previously met with Kurokawa, were appointed to technically develop the scheme.

The dynamic geometrical form is precisely defined in plan through finely engineered precast concrete wall. A large elliptical ocular roof light provides daylight and warmth to the central drum. Each individual carpentry rafter and joint had to obey the inherent discipline of geometry set within the project which is enhanced and shown in the lines of the standing seams of the zinc roof which drain down to a gutter where cisterns catch the rainwater sending it to the harvesting tank used to irrigate the gardens.

The workmanship required to create and hold the form accurately has been of the most skilled nature in masonry, carpentry, steel and metal works.

Maggie's Cancer Care Day Centre won Swansea's local 'Building Excellence Awards' and went on to win the SW Regional 'Building Excellence Awards' in the 'Best Community / Healthcare Buildings' category.  It also won the same category at the Welsh National Building Excellence Awards held at the Millennium Centre on 22nd October 2012 and went on to the Welsh-English finals.

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