London Festival of Architecture

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London Festival of Architecture

The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is the world’s largest annual architecture festival. 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 Europe's largest annual architecture festival. The festival attracts a vast public audience (approximately 400,000 people in 2017) 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 trade partners including Taylor Maxwell.

The festival celebrates London as a global hub of architectural experimentation, practice and debate. This year's festival returned to the capital from 1-30 June 2018 with a lively and diverse programme of public events across London exploring the theme 'identity'.

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2018: Identity

This year’s festival aimed to explore the theme of ‘identity’ with a core programme of events that brought together and engaged the local architectural community and the wider public.

From the John Nash architecture of Regent Street to Canary Wharf or Brixton’s covered markets, architecture plays a fundamental role in shaping the identity of London and how people connect and identify with their neighbourhood or the city as a whole.

Churchill recognised the connection between architecture and identity when he said, “we shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us”. Whether consciously or not, people identify with their surroundings, and architecture sits at the intersect between collective and individual identity.

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Our 2018 Events

We were thrilled to be partner the London Festival of Architecture for the first time in 2018. The festival’s four key iconic hubs this year were the Royal Docks, City of London, Battersea Nine and London Bridge, which coincided with the launch of our brand-new London Bridge facade materials showroom in June.

These four parts of London are as architecturally diverse as the city. Each festival hub offered the opportunity to appreciate the stunning architectural quality of the area and attend a variety of events all within a concentrated neighbourhood. As part of this, we ran the following event programme:

London Bridge - Open Showroom
Showcase of our extensive range of facade materials

The History of London Architecture through Facade Materials
London’s Identity in Brickwork/Walking Tour (London Bridge area)

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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 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, cast stone, brick cladding, terracotta cladding, metal & mesh systems, stone cladding, timber flooring 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 ideas.

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Taylor Maxwell have been providing facade solutions to the construction industry for over 50 years. Our experienced external sales team, 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, cladding, masonry & precast concrete products that will meet their project requirements in terms of aesthetics, technical performance and budgets.

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 technical input.