The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is the world’s largest annual festival of architecture. The festival aims to support London’s architectural talent by enthusing and engaging with the public and finding new ways to look at familiar places.
The festival began in 2004 and has since grown to become the world's largest annual architecture festival. The festival attracts a vast public audience (400,000 in 2017 and over 600,000 people in 2018) and a global media audience of millions. The majority of events are free and are staged by a core festival programming team, working alongside architectural and design practices and a group of professional programme supporters including Taylor Maxwell.
The festival celebrates London as a global hub of architectural experimentation, practice and debate. Last year the festival transitioned to a more digital approach, engaging a vast new online audience.
2022 : Act
Following on from the theme of ‘care’ in 2021, the 2022 festival theme is ‘act’. This year’s theme aims to allow a collaborative exploration of how architecture can react to the challenges the planet now faces in climate, social injustice and the changing society. Architects have the power to design and make a change to the built environment we live in.
The theme explores the alternative view of architecture as an act itself, as it can create a ‘spectacle’ of theatrical parallels, to bring visons to real spaces and inspire those that view it.
How can architects make their actions felt beyond their profession – how can they be heard more clearly, become more valued or collaborate more meaningfully? The festival aims to provide a rich and varied programmes of events that examine how we can act for ourselves, each other, our cities and the environment.
A full programme of events for the 2022 festival can be found here. This year, we are partnering with leading UK brick manufacturers and main contractors to hold two events in our London Bridge showroom.
The built environment is a major contributor of global carbon emissions and consumes a huge proportion of the world’s natural resources. This year's event aims to explore the environmental issues faced within architecture, how as manufacturers, distributors and contractors we all have a part to play and what we're doing to take action. This event will take place on:
Our London Bridge Showroom
Standing adjacent to the renowned Borough Market, The Hop Exchange is a striking building steeped in history, just a stone’s throw from the London Bridge mainline and underground stations. Our materials showroom, located in The Hop Exchange’s west wing, has been created to display a wide range of facade and timber materials to inspire creativity in architectural design.
With over 350 different brick types on display, the showroom offers a unique facility to view examples from all the major manufacturers in the UK and Europe. Alongside the brick offering, other products on display include natural stone, composite decking, cast stone, engineered wood flooring, brick cladding, terracotta cladding, metal and mesh aluminium systems, stone cladding and precast concrete solutions. The showroom offers an unrivalled opportunity for architects and their clients to meet with our experienced team and create and develop your project design ideas.
Taylor Maxwell have been providing facade solutions to the construction industry for over 60 years. Our experienced teams based across the UK, provide professional consultation on external building materials at all stages of the design process, supporting projects from design concept through to completion.
We work in close partnership with clients, architects and contractors to source and deliver the optimum choice of brick, timber, cladding, masonry and offsite solutions that will meet their project requirements in terms of aesthetics, technical performance and budget.
To achieve the best solution and to ensure the most cost-effective approach, we recommend contacting us at an early stage of your project, so that we can provide the maximum input and guidance.