The architecture and design of Maggie's Edinburgh

The beautiful Richard Murphy designed building has a wonderfully light, bright and inspiring but also calm feeling. It was built in 1996 as a redevelopment of the old stable blocks, and blended traditional Scottish stonework with more modern architectural methods. 

The building

Maggie’s Edinburgh was the first Centre to be designed and built, and Murphy has said his inspiration “was to slip a building within a building, with lots of little niches and intimate spaces”. The open plan nature allows for an emotional openness, with sadness as well as laughter, while the more private spaces allow for peace and quiet. 

Maggie's Edinburgh

The garden

The Emma Keswick designed garden has year round colour and gives a calming transition away from the hospital, with George Rickey’s sculpture mirroring the simple movement of the Tai Chi. In the summer, the garden becomes an extension of the kitchen table with people sitting out and meeting each other in the beautiful surroundings (when the Edinburgh weather allows).

Richard Murphy Architects is an Edinburgh based practice that was founded in 1991.

Awards won by Maggie’s Edinburgh:

1997 RIBA Award
1997 RIBA Stirling Shortlist
1996 EAA Conservation Award
1997 RIBA / Department of Health National Award

“Architecturally the idea was to slip a building within a building, lots of little niches and intimate spaces, all on the small side.” From Architecture of Hope, p97

Link to architect's website