2 months ago
This is #maggiesbarts at Saint Bartholomew’s Hospital (Barts) the oldest hospital in London, founded in 1123. After an epic 7-year planning battle, Maggie’s Barts has finally opened in what I think is the best new building in an NHS hospital for many years.
Maggie’s Barts is part of an international network of groundbreaking #maggiescentres - the cancer care charity founded by the writer, artist and garden designer Margaret Keswick Jencks. All of the Centres have been designed by leading architects like Frank Ghery, Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers and this one is by Steven Holl @stevenhollarchitects.
Maggie’s Barts provides three floors of curving, intimate spaces for consultations, therapy, groups and a secluded roof garden. It is all supported by a bamboo faced concrete structure concealed behind translucent glass cladding. Standing in the corner of an eighteenth century quadrangle by #jamesgibbsarchitect , in daytime the banded matte glass complements the Bath stone that it adjoins. By night, the lighting behind the opalescent glass glows warmly like an alabaster lantern.
Architect Steven Holl says the coloured fragments on the façade recall the Mediaeval system of musical notation called ‘neume’, that would have been used in the church of St Bartholomew-the-Less, founded at the same time as the hospital and is within its grounds. ‘Neume’ comes from the Greek meaning ‘vitality’ - a fitting ambition for a hospital building.
Winner of the 2018 @dezeen Hospitality Building of the Year.