Herzog and de Meuron's Laban Centre in London.

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Herzog and de Meuron's Laban Centre in London.

Postby Paul Clerkin » Sun Feb 16, 2003 1:24 pm

The plastic lantern: Herzog and de Meuron's Laban Centre in London.

Ever since the 1950s, there have been short-lived fads for plastic-clad buildings. The last time round, it was the 1980s and a new translucent wonder material known as twin-wall polycarbonate, very handy for greenhouses and garden centres, was quite the thing among architects experimenting with curvy shapes. It should come as a bit of a shock to find this now mundane stuff revived in a landmark cultural building in 2003. But the new Laban dance centre in Deptford by Herzog and de Meuron makes plastic seem natural, valuable, and somehow inevitable.

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Postby MG » Sun Feb 16, 2003 4:31 pm

Nice. It was always going to happen - Herzog and de Meuron have always played around with transparency or to be more exact an opaque transparency. Their Goetz gallery in Munich plays with the effects of a 'glowing' building although I think it uses frittered or frosted glass.
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