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trinity laban

Herzog & de Meuron’s Laban dance school is located on the edge of Greenwich. The building’s strong formal presence is reinforced by the flush frameless mirrored glazing and monolithic polycarbonate skin.  From a distance the polycarbonate panels hold up quite well although the colours are far more muted than the published photographs and the detailing at the edges could be more robust.  Inside, the large floor plate is relieved with glass voids, creating light wells and small courtyards within the building.  Floors ramp throughout the main entry area and the library creating vistas into adjoining spaces (but challenges for the wheelchair bound).  The bright colours and graphics are jarring at first but soften an otherwise tough industrial interior.  The studios are where the translucent facade have the most impact.  Fritted glass along the perimeter wall allows the light to softly filter through the coloured polycarbonate panels creating a glow that changes along its length.  Reflective glass niches allow for views to the outside but at night transform into viewing boxes revealing the dancers inside.

 

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