ギャラリーエークワッド館長 川北 英

「マギーズ・キャンサー・ケアリング・トラスト(Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Trust)」通称Maggie‘s(マギーズ)は、造園家であり中国庭園の研究家でもあった故マギー・ケズウィック・ジェンクス(Maggie Keswick Jencks)が、夫のチャールズ・ジェンクスと共に、自身のがん体験の中で創案し、実現した施設です。

“Don’t lose the joy of living in the fear of dying”
 ― 一番大切なことは死の恐怖の中でも生きる喜びを失わないこと―
第一号の施設計画、建設に関しては、建築家で建築評論家でもあった夫のチャールズ・ジェンクス(Charles Jencks)とマギーが通った病院のガン専門看護師であったローラー・リー(Laura Lee)がマギーの思想を実現させるために協力しました。

“Aren’t we lucky?”


Director GALLERY A4 Ei Kawakita

The Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Trust (commonly known as Maggie’s) is a facility conceived and realized by Maggie Keswick Jencks, a landscape designer and researcher of Chinese gardens, together with her husband Charles Jencks, through her experience of cancer.
Maggie had a recurrence of breast cancer, and after it was pronounced that she only had a few months to live she determined that she would spend her remaining days with hope and joy and gratitude, and not spend that short time in grief and fear.

“Don’t lose the joy of living in the fear of dying”
She decided to create a facility that would enable this. The basic concept behind the facility is a “place where patients and their families can freely drop in, and regain themselves”, and later these facilities spread throughout the UK. In 1996 the first facility was opened in Edinburgh, UK, but she died before it was completed. At present there are centres operating in 15 locations throughout the UK, and preparations are in progress at another 7 locations. The facilities are highly evaluated both at home and abroad. In 2013 the first centre outside the UK was opened in Hong Kong, and at present a Maggie’s Centre is being planned in Tokyo, which will be the 19th and the second outside the UK. Each of the facilities has a relaxing timber appearance, planned to have the atmosphere of home.
Planning and construction of the first centre to realize maggie’s concept was carried out through the cooperation of her husband Charles Jencks, and architect and architectural critic, and Laura Lee, an oncology nurse at a hospital that Maggie attended.

“Aren’t we lucky?”
Maggie believe that architecture and the environment have a profound effect of the feelings of people, so she placed great importance on architectural and spatial design. World famous architects such as Frank O. Gehry, Zaha Hadid, and Richard Rogers who concurred with this concept participated in the planning of the centres free of charge. From Japan also Kisho Kurokawa participated.
This exhibition introduces these facilities in outline, and provide an opportunity to discover the importance and potential of the role played by architectural spaces.