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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

18th September 1995 Doreen Cannon, teacher of acting (London), dies at 64

18th September 1970 Rock guitar legend Jimi Hendrix dies in London.go to related location

18th September 1962 Footballer John Fashanu was born in Kensington.

18th September 1946 Actor Nicholas Clay was born in Streatham.

18th September 1922 Brass Band composer Ray Steadman-Allen was born in Clapton.

18th September 1809 The Royal Opera House opened for the first time.go to related location

Alain's Special Building



Alain's Special Building

Author Alain de Botton finds this building an inspiration

Location: Creekside, SE8 3DZ

Description: Author Alain de Botton has revealed his favourite structures in the United Kingdom...and this is one.

The 'Laban Dance Centre' in Deptford is one of the two buildings in the UK designed by the fabulous Swiss duo Herzog and de Meuron (the other is the Tate Modern).

The pair started off as cool modernists but abandoned the austerity of modernism and are taking a more playful route.

Laban, a dance conservatoire in southeast London, is an example of the new interest in ornamentation and prettiness. It's a remarkably delicate looking building.

The walls are made of translucent glass and are lined with coloured lights, so that it's like looking at a box of sweets through a frosted glass jar. Day or night, the light washes out from the building on to the surrounding grey landscape.

Architects like Herzog and de Meuron seem to be rediscovering the idea that buildings should be playful and beautiful, as well as functional and efficient.

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Alain's Special Building

Author Alain de Botton finds this building an inspiration


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Gorgeous, won the Stirling Prize I think, deservedly so. (Ade)
Posted by Ade on 2011-02-26
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