Maggie's Centre

Maggie's Centre

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
London, United Kingdom
Project Year
Individual Buildings
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Decorative LightingLouis Poulsen
ManufacturersHufcor, Inc
ManufacturersAlvar Aalto
ManufacturersReal Flame

Product Spec Sheet
Decorative Lighting
by Trespa

Maggie's Centre

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners as Architects

Maggie's Centre, London was opened to the public by Nigella Lawson and Maggie's Patron, Sarah Brown, on 29 April 2008.

The small, orange building with a roof that seems to float above it has enlivened a challenging corner of Fulham Palace Road, with a tranquil garden leading up to the entrance. Stone sculptures and wooden benches provide welcome and pleasant places to sit along the winding path to the front door.

Designed on a domestic scale, the centre's heart is the double-height kitchen, from which the three sitting rooms, library, courtyard gardens and a number of other spaces for more private or personal conversations, open. Light fills the interior, coming through the glazed walls at first floor level and through openings in the roof.

Despite being on a busy main road, the centre is surprisingly quiet inside, thanks to the protection of the wall and birch trees which wrap around it. The birch-faced ply and fair-face concrete finishes and furnishings - that include rugs by Paolo Lenti and furniture by Alvar Aalto - add to the relaxed, homely atmosphere.

Since opening its doors, the team at Maggie's have welcomed a constant stream of visitors with cups of tea, knowledge and support, as well as a wide range of events and activities, from lunch clubs to yoga. Maggie's Centre, London is already receiving in the region of 50 visitors per day.

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