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A beacon that shines on a brighter future

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Laban epitomises the mysterious 'X' factor which constitutes truly magnificent architecture.

It is a building that ticks many of the right boxes.

It promises to be a powerful regeneration tool, doing for dreary Deptford what Alsop's library did for Peckham. It has workable and varied internal spaces, it deftly handles the complex technological and practical requirements of the brief and, with the eerie light shining through the double-skinned polycarbonate wall, it serves as a beacon of arresting beauty.Yet there is no evidence any of these factors have been considered in isolation.

Every aspect of the building, from disabled access to services to stagecraft, is so seamlessly integrated into the whole sculptural ensemble it almost appears not to have been designed at all.

You can only imagine that, like Mozart's music, the complex symphony emerged fully formed from the mind of an exuberant, if slightly crazed, genius.

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