The Laban Building was designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the Pritzker Prize-winning (2001) Swiss architects who also designed the Tate Modern and the National Stadium in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games. The building was lauded an architectural triumph when it opened in 2003, winning the Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize!
The architects collaborated with visual artist Michael Craig-Martin to create this iconic and bold building. The interior is structured as an urban streetscape, designed to provide inspiring spaces which reflect the fluid movements of dance. By day the building’s semi-translucent cladding allows traces of dance and movement to be visible through the walls. By night, the building becomes a coloured beacon with light and movement spilling out illuminating the surrounding area.
- Thirteen purpose built dance studios with the latest sprung flooring and large windows, including a 100-seat Studio Theatre performance space
- Laban Library and Archive
- Laban Theatre
- Bonnie Bird Theatre
- Cafe and Bar
- Sound and video editing suite
- Additional studios and newly renovated Performance Laboratory at Laurie Grove
The Laban Building has been designed to ensure full access for people with a wide range of disabilities, from wheelchair users to those with sensory and learning difficulties. You can find out more about our disability policies here.
Covid-19 Update: Due to the ongoing pandemic, our sites are currently closed to visitors.
The café and other public areas of the building are open 09.00 – 17.00hrs Monday to Friday.
Unfortunately we cannot allow members of the public access to the entire building on a day to day basis as our students are our main priority and we need to keep the disruption to a minimum, thanks for your understanding.
We are, however, offering fortnightly guided tours. For more information or to book a tour see our Guided tours section or contact our Events team on firstname.lastname@example.org