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Where art and architecture are as one

Not only has Laban given Deptford a new landmark, it is a tribute to a rare creative dialogue that radically breaches the artificial threshold between the visual arts, dance and architecture.

Artist Michael Craig Martin, one of those responsible for the exhibition 'Future Southwark' (1996), which led to the appointment of Herzog & de Meuron at Tate Modern, has once more been involved in a scheme to transform an abandoned post-industrial riverside London site.At the Tate Modern artist and architect collaborated on the enigmatic chimney light box .This box, through a projective and scalar shift, has been thematically re-enacted at Deptford.Herzog & de Meuron's oeuvre is a developing feast and Laban represents its internationalist approach. Its former, more rigorous, architecture, akin to the tradition of Swiss typography, has been liberated by a dose of Dutch informality and an English graphic sensibility.

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