Tulipwood Box: Maggie’s Centre Oldham
Client: Maggie’s, Edinburgh (GB)
Architects: dRMM (de Rijke, Marsh, Morgan), London (GB)
Location: At The Sir Norman Stoller Building, Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Road, Oldham OL 2JH, Manchester (GB)
Widespread in eastern North America, the rapidly growing tulip tree belongs to the magnolia family and can reach a height of up to 40 metres. The soft, regular fibres of the wood and its homogeneous structure make it eminently suitable for machine processing. In the USA this light but hard wood is often used for interior fittings and furniture. In Maggie’s Centre, too, the walls and ceilings in the interior are of tulipwood. The bottom of the walls were simply treated with colourless oil.
The bright, slightly reddish shade creates a warm atmosphere. The door handles and handrails are also of wood, as patients affected by the neuropathies find wood more pleasant to use. In the design of the interior a further important aim was to provide both privacy and openness. Small rooms and niches are available for people who want to withdraw. By drawing a heavy curtain around an area on the north side it can be transformed into a protected space.
The facade of milled, wavy tongue and groove boarding is wrapped around the building. It is a somewhat darker colour as the result of heat treatment.