Image: Amy Kirk
Amy Kirk, MA Landscape Architecture, University of Sheffield
The portfolio submitted was for the detailed design of a hospice in the Graves Park area of Sheffield. Kirk wrote: ‘I chose the site specifically for its difficult design challenges and controversially to try to challenge the perception of what hospices are, making a facility that was more transparent, welcoming and a valuable resource for the community, that had a chance of being accepted.
‘I found inspiration in the new Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres that aim to make themselves visible within communities as a place to meet and talk whilst keeping a homely, comfortable appeal.
‘The main challenge I faced was the need for private and public space to coexist whilst not being compromised. I used horticultural therapy as a medium for the crossover between the community and the hospice. My idea was that this could integrate the current horticultural therapy site users, gain funding for the hospice, create diverting activities for day visitors, increase public interest in the site and most importantly create a site full of activity and interest making the hospice patients feel a part of the community still.’
The judges commented: ‘This is an exemplary piece of work. It shows great attention to detail, and excellent communication and graphic skills. We would like to commend Amy Kirk for choosing a difficult site and an equally difficult topic and yet producing a design that is ready to be implemented. This project could function as a model for hospices everywhere. ‘We particularly appreciated the attention to sustainable approaches in water management and the specificity and detail of the planting design. This scheme really has achieved humanity in a naturalistic landscape setting.’
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