A Deptford landmark will be reconstructed in Canary Wharf as dancers weave in and out of the site.
The full-scale replica of the façade of the Laban Building will be built in Montgomery Square between Monday, June 13-24 in a series of choreographed sequences.
He will use white lightweight concrete blocks and dry joint techniques, to construct each section of the building for a single day before it is deconstructed and rebuilt the next.
He said the two-week project entitled Transfer Laban will be “like a slow dance in itself” and added: “I wanted to challenge the perception of architecture being permanent by creating something momentary and animated.”
Respected for its bold simplicity, the original Laban Building won the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2003. Iwas designed by Herzog and de Meuron, the Swiss architects behind the Tate Modern, the National Stadium in Beijing and the designers behind the main residential tower soon to grow from the former Wood Wharf site neighbouring Canary Wharf.
The Laban Building is the world’s largest purpose built contemporary dance centre and home to the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The students have developed a series of dances in response to the artwork, which will be performed in Montgomery Square twice each day in breaks during construction.
Head of research at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance Jonathan Owen Clark said: “This will be an exciting public art event that features our building in a surprising context, and will also introduce dance performance into a unique architectural space.”
The theme of this year’s London Festival of Architecture, which it taking place across the capital from June 1-30, is community. Following the project’s completion the concrete blocks and other components will be donated to colleges in colleges in Barking and Dagenham, Tower Hamlets and Havering.
Public art consultant at Canary Wharf Group Sally Williams said the project would provided an “exceptional contribution” to the festival and added: “Public art at Canary Wharf takes many forms and plays an important part in helping to engage with the myriad visitors to the estate, often bringing new audiences.”
Monday, June 13-24 excluding weekends, 7.30am – 4.30pm (dance performances 12.30pm and 4.30pm), free to attend, Montgomery Square, Canary Wharf