Location: V&A + RIBA Architecture Gallery

Date: 6 February – 8 May 2011

Fee: Entrance to the exhibit is free

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“Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centers” have been designed by some of the world’s most high profile architects, including Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, Richard Rogers and Zaha Hadid to provide welcoming and uplifting spaces and support for those affected by cancer.

To mark the 15th anniversary of the first Maggie’s Centre, the V&A will present the first comprehensive study of these remarkable buildings in the V&A + RIBA Architecture Gallery.

The display will look at the network of seven buildings in the UK from the first centre which opened in Edinburgh in 1996, to the Stirling Prize winning centre in London by Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners which opened in 2008 and the newly-opened Maggie’s Cheltenham. There will also be models for six further centres to be opened before 2012, including designs by Wilkinson Eyre and Kisho Kurokawa.

The story behind these centres is remarkable and shows the strength of Maggie Keswick Jencks, a woman with a mission. Even health care professionals at the British Medical Association are, at last, acknowledging architecture’s importance as an ingredient in recovery.

The display is co-curated by the V&A and Maggie’s and runs from 26 February – 8 May 2011 at the V&A + RIBA Architecture Gallery. Rooms 127 and 128a, Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, London”

Website: Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centers

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