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Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre

The Stirling Prize for RIBA Building of the Year 2009 was awarded to Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners for the Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre at Charing Cross hospital, London.

The Stirling Prize jury said: "The latest in a line of Maggie's Centres designed by distinguished architects is the one that stands on a hectic corner on the Fulham Palace Road in Hammersmith. A deep orange rendered wall puts a protective arm around it, making it a place apart without denying it is a part of the city. This antithesis of a hospital provides an open house in the city. Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners' quietly confident building has created a completely informal, home-like sanctuary to help patients learn to live with cancer."

Maggie Keswick Jencks, the founder of Maggie's, held a profound belief that architecture and environment could deeply affect how you feel.

The StoTherm Mineral external wall insulation system provides a secure and thermally-efficient environment and can easily accommodate large picture windows to allow sunlight to fill the interior. Intelligent landscape planting and the judicious choice of a rich orange colour for the Stolit through-coloured render finish, helped to create a bright and welcoming Mediterranean ambience for this oasis in the midst of the bustling city.

Opened to the public at the end of April 2008, this Maggie Centre has already received over 20,000 visits.

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