Photo by Whit Preston, courtesy of Frank O.
Gehry & Associates.
Dundee, Scotland 1999
Gehry's first building in the United Kingdom is a
modest cancer care center on the grounds of Ninewells
Hospital. It is named for the architect's close
friend the late Maggie Keswick Jencks, who founded a
patient-support program (whose first center is in
Edinburgh). The center is a facility where cancer
patients from the nearby hospital, as well as their
friends and families, can meet to share experiences
and to obtain information for services that
complement medical treatment.
Gehry has designed a stimulating and uplifting
buildinga "friendly little clubhouse," as he
calls itfor the quiet site overlooking an
estuary. The small tower that dominates the project
was inspired by lighthouses. In its domestic scale
and spaces, the building is ideally suited to the
caregiving activities within.