Architecture and design – West London
Built in 2008, this bright orange building protectively shields its visitors from the bustling city streets and hospital that surround it, offering a calm oasis in the centre of West London to offer our support.
Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Maggie’s West London was inspired by Richard Roger’s concept of a heart nestled in the protective wrap of a building’s four walls. Rogers said: “The idea was to try to minimise the overbearing impact of Charing Cross Hospital. The roof, the landscaping, the hearth inside, the views out, each was to take you away from the hospital and the bustle of the road.”
The bright orange walls carry visitors into an equally uplifting interior with cosy rooms, bright open spaces and transitional walls that provide the flexible space needed to host everything from intimate chats to lively exercise classes.
The centre is situated within a series of courtyards and a garden that gently guides people into the centre from the hospital. The designer, Dan Pearson, said: “I’m delighted that my design is helping people on their journey with cancer.”
The architect — Rogers Stick Harbour + Partners
RSH+P is an international practice based in Hammersmith, just a short walk from Maggie’s London. The practice was founded by Sir Richard Rogers, Graham Stirk and Ivan Harbour in 2007.
Awards won for Maggie’s West London
RIBA Stirling Prize 2009
RIBA London Building of the Year 2009
Building Better Healthcare Judge’s Special Award for Best Primary Care Design 2008