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Apr 29 2008
LONDON – APRIL 29: Architect Lord Rogers attends the official opening of the first branch outside Scotland of cancer care home Maggie’s Centre on April 29, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Rosie Greenway/Getty Images)Content © 2009 Getty Images All rights reserved.
British architecture gives its top award to Richard Rogers in the year of his bruising public row with Prince Charles
The cancer support centre in west London was commissioned by Charles Jencks, whose wife Maggie died of the disease. There are already five Maggie’s Centres in Scotland, including designs by Frank Gehry (Dundee) and Zaha Hadid (Fife).
By Emily Cadman, Anna Winston
The judges described the London cancer centre as a “timeless work of architecture that not only distils the intentions of this brief but expresses in built form compassion, sensitivity and a deep sense of our common humanity.”
They added: “This quietly confident building is truly, unquestionably a haven for those who have been diagnosed with cancer. Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners’ achievement is in having created a completely informal, home-like sanctuary to help patients learn to live with cancer.”
In his short acceptance speech, Richard Rogers described the building as a “wonderful project”.
He paid tribute to Maggie Keswick, the late wife of client Charles Jencks, who’s death of cancer led Jencks to create a series of cancer care centres as a fitting memorial.
Rogers said: “The one person missing here is Maggie. She will certainly be the person I’m thinking of.”
Hugh Pearman, Architecture Critic
LORD ROGERS last night won the £20,000 Stirling Prize, the premier award in British architecture, for his design of a cancer support centre.
The prize comes as a ringing endorsement from his peers despite Rogers being bumped off the £1 billion Chelsea Barracks redevelopment project by the intervention of Prince Charles. His victory — for the Maggie’s Centre in Hammersmith, west London — came as a surprise. The favourite for the award had been an art gallery on a Danish island by minimalist architect Tony Fretton.
Giving the prestigious prize to the firm of Rogers Stirk Harbour was a popular choice, however. The programme of Maggie’s Centres began with a converted stable block in Edinburgh in 1996.
The six centres built so far are architecturally ambitious. Five are in Scotland, including designs by Frank Gehry (Dundee) and Zaha Hadid (Fife). Sarah Brown, the prime minister’s wife, was closely involved with the building of the Fife Maggie’s Centre, which is in her husband’s constituency.
Richard Rogers wins Stirling Prize for Maggie’s Centre
By David Basulto —
The RIBA Stirling prize is given each year to one selected building. And this year’s prize went to the Maggie Center by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.
RIBA Stirling Prize, London, United Kingdon
Maggie’s Centre wins Stirling Prize
Richard Rogers takes architecture’s top prize for the second time
Richard Rogers’ Maggie’s Centre in west London has been awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize for 2009, announced at a televised ceremony on Saturday. From a shortlist of six, Rogers’ design won the £20,000 prize making this the second time his practice has achieved what is considered to be one of the most prestigious architecture prizes. Rogers’ Barajas Airport in Spain scooped the top spot in 2006.
Richard Rogers‘ Maggie’s cancer care centre has won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2009 – RIBA (architecture.com) Official Anounce
El estudio Richard Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners obtuvo el premio RIBA por segunda vez, por un centro para enfermos de cáncer en Londres; el primero fue en 2006 por la Terminal 4 de Barajas, Madrid