Here you can see the triangle motif from the exterior moved inside into the living room style space. Though many of the triangles are in fact windows punched into the envelope of the building, many others are actually lights. There's plenty of natural daylight from the massive glazed window on to the terrace, though.
I had a nice chat, as well as a cup of coffee and a stellar shortbread biscuit, with Ruth McCabe (left) of Maggie's Center. The main space of the center, and the one to which many visitors gravitate, is what is ostensibly the dining room. "There's a warmth and comfort about it," McCabe said of the building. "It's a lovely place to work in. You feel like you're at home." I'd easily say the same of Ruth, who is easily the sweetest person I've yet met on this tour. The other gentleman in the photo, Andrew, has been coming to the Center for a while. He's also confident about a Lib-Dem and Torie alliance.
Here's a closer view of the kitchen. And if ever a place embodied tea and sympathy it's Maggie's Center. Ruth McCabe told me that often first time visitors don't want to immediately want to get into discussions of their suffering and so she sends them straightaway to get a cup of tea or coffee. "It's an easy task that anyone can do," she says. "I try to put them on this path of taking a bit of charge of things. Start with tea and then we'll move from there."
One of Hadid's design goals was to make the space as flexible as possible, so though there are two private rooms where people can meet behind closed doors, the main social spaces are defined by a pair of curtains which themselves can offer some privacy without totally shutting out the rest of the building.