Mæ has completed the John Morden Centre, a daycare centre and health facility for the elderly in the Blackheath Park conservation area in South East London. The hub includes a workshop, café, art space, medical facilities and social lounges with the aim of tackling social isolation.
A series of landscaped spaces leads to a brick-faced building designed with eaves and ridge heights that relate closely to those of the adjoining Grade I listed building at Morden College. Referencing the original Almshouse and Chapel attributed to Sir Christopher Wren, the building incorporates the language of steep roofs, chimneys, and a cloister into its design. The cloister weaves through existing trees, creating a series of ‘outdoor rooms’ designed to be inhabited in all seasons. Photo © Jim Stephenson. Mæ