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Heatherwick Studio, architect Thomas Heatherwick’s firm, completed work on the Verdant Maggie’s Centre in Leeds, England in June 2020.

The center is meant to provide support for cancer patients in Leeds and surrounding communities at no cost. The site of the center was previously used as a dumping ground for the oncology center at St. James’s University Hospital.

“We were struck when we first visited the site,” Heatherwick said in an interview with Architectural Digest. “Here was a rubbish dump for the construction of a cancer center that was happening next door, and on the very top of the site, there was this thin veneer of grass that was growing from the waste below. It’s as if the space was telling us how to build on it.”

Heatherwick’s team planted 23,000 flowers and 17,000 additional plants on the lot, creating an environment “that’s soft and accommodating for its users.” The building of the Verdant Maggie’s Centre is modeled after the inside of a honeycomb, with areas for people to congregate together and other spots for privacy.

Click here to read the full interview at Architectural Digest.

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