Herzog & de Meuron
Competition
1997
Project
1998-1999
Realization
2000-2003
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Process

The new Laban Dance Centre is located in Deptford, South East London.

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In an area otherwise lacking architectural cohesion, Herzog & de Meuron have created a gesture of embrace that opens up towards the baroque church of St.Paul’s, 300m away. Inside the curved buildings, the rooms are arranged to form a topography.

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Studying a 1:2 model of the shell of the building with Michael Craig-Martin.

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Foyer, cafe and offices on the ground floor and thirteen dance studios on the upper floor are grouped around the off-center auditorium like a little town.

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The Laban is built on a former landfill site beside a tributary of the Thames.

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The shimmering building acts as a focal point in a deprived area.

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The park and cafe are public meeting places. The color scheme in the foyer and the corridors has been designed by Michael Craig-Martin; the auditorium is black; the studios are each different in shape.

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Drawings

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Team

Facts

In Collaboration With
Michael Craig-Martin, London, UK (a wall painting by the artist has been commissioned for the buildings’ main concourse, the colors at the building – in and outside - have been defined in collaboration with Michael Craig-Martin)
Client
Laban Centre, London, UK
Planning
Lead Design Architect: Herzog de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland
Project Management: Arup Project Management, London, UK
MEP Engineering: Whitby Bird & Partners, London, UK
HVAC Engineering: Waldhauser Haustechnik AG, Basel, Switzerland
Structural Engineering: Whitby Bird & Partners, London, UK
Landscape Design: Vogt Landscape Architects, Zurich, Switzerland
Landscape Design: Whitby Bird & Partners, London, UK
General Contractor: Ballast Construction, London, UK
Specialist / Consulting
Facade Consulting: Emmer Pfenniger Partner AG, Münchenstein, Switzerland
Facade Consulting: Rodeca, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
Acoustic Consulting: Arup Acoustics, Winchester, UK
Theater Consulting: Carr & Angier, Bath, UK
Specifications Consulting: Schumann Smith, Manchester, UK
IT Consulting: Arup Communications, London, UK
Building Data
Gross floor area (GFA): 88'296 sqft, 8'203 sqm
Length: 262 ft, 80 m
Width: 131 ft, 40 m
Height: 45 ft, 14 m
Links
www.trinitylaban.ac.uk

Bibliography

Gerhard Mack, Herzog & de Meuron: “Herzog & de Meuron 1997-2001. The Complete Works. Volume 4.” Edited by: Gerhard Mack. Basel / Boston / Berlin, Birkhäuser, 2008. Vol. No. 4.

Luis Fernández-Galiano (Ed.): “Arquitectura Viva. Herzog & de Meuron 1978-2007.” 2nd rev. ed. Madrid, Arquitectura Viva, 2007.

Nobuyuki Yoshida (Ed.): “Architecture and Urbanism. Herzog & de Meuron 2002-2006.” Tokyo, A+U Publishing Co., Ltd., 08.2006.

Fernando Márquez Cecilia, Richard Levene (Eds.): “El Croquis. Herzog & de Meuron 2002-2006. Monumento e Intimidad. The Monumental and the Intimate.” Vol. No. 129/130, Madrid, El Croquis, 2006.

Hubertus Adam: “Strategie. Durch Ergänzung Kontext prägen. Laban Dance Center in Deptford, London.” In: Felix Zwoch (Ed.). “Bauwelt.” Vol. No. 14, Gütersloh, Bertelsmann Springer Bauverlag GmbH, 11.04.2003. pp. 26-31.

Laban Centre in London. In: Christian Schittich (Ed.). “Detail. Zeitschrift für Architektur und Baudetail. Fassade, Aussenwand.” Vol. No. 7/8, Munich, Institut für internationale Architektur-Dokumentation GmbH & Co., 07.2003. pp. 791-797.

Fernando Márquez Cecilia, Richard Levene (Eds.): “El Croquis. Herzog & de Meuron 1998-2002. La Naturaleza del Artificio. The Nature of Artifice.” Vol. No. 109/110, Madrid, El Croquis, 2002.

Herzog & de Meuron. Natural History.” Edited by: Philip Ursprung. Exh. Cat. “Herzog & de Meuron. Archaeology of the Mind.” Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. 23 October 2002 – 6 April 2003. 2nd ed. Baden, Lars Müller, 2005.

Herzog & de Meuron. Naturgeschichte.” Edited by: Philip Ursprung. Exh. Cat. “Herzog & de Meuron. Archaeology of the Mind.” Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. 23 October 2002 – 6 April 2003. 2nd ed. Baden, Lars Müller, 2005.

Herzog & de Meuron. Histoire Naturelle.” Edited by: Philip Ursprung. Exh. Cat. “Herzog & de Meuron. Archaeology of the Mind.” Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. 23 October 2002 – 6 April 2003. Baden, Lars Müller, 2002.

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