Frank Gehry's Maggie’s centre in Hong KongSource: Pako Ko
Centre is first for charity outside UK
Frank Gehry has completed the first Maggie’s centre outside the UK in Hong Kong.
The centre is made up of a series of pavilions with rooms that open out to the surrounding gardens and private terraces.
There is a also a public living and dining area that serves as the focal point of the building, with views of both the ponds and gardens.
Gehry said: “The building has feelings which I hope engender community activity, and that it’s comfortable for the patients to be there. It’s respectful of Chinese architecture and motifs. I hope it’s not copying anything Chinese or architectural, but I hope it’s very respectful of them.
“I was going through the loss of a daughter while I was designing the Centre. I think you sort of suck it up and hope to make something that is soothing and respectful and hopeful. There’s always hope, it’s not a dead end.”
Maggie’s chief executive Laura Lee said: “This is a very special occasion, not only are we able to provide more help and support for people who are living with cancer in the region but Maggie’s Hong Kong is our first international centre.”
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