The Laban Building is the world's largest purpose-built contemporary dance centre

It was designed by award-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron

Laban Building interior

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.


  • 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.