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Building Sounds

Building Sounds is the architecture audio guide from the London Festival of Architecture.

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London Bridge Station

In this episode we discover the story and design of London Bridge Station, one of the oldest and busiest stations in London. We caught up with Nadia Broccardo, Chief Executive for Team London Bridge, and Mark Middleton, Group Managing Partner for Grimshaw Architects to understand more about this unique and fundamental building. Produced and edited by Eliza Grosvenor.

27mins

8 Mar 2021

Rank #1

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LFA2020: Pews and Perches (Second Edition)

As part of LFA2020, the LFA and Royal Docks Team have unveiled five new benches across the Royal Docks as part of the Pews and Perches design competition. The competition, now in its second year, invited architecture and design students, recent graduates and emerging practitioners to deliver a playful new take on street furniture that can celebrate the Royal Docks and the communities at home in the area – a series of conversation starters to re-connect everyone with nature and the docks’ built environment. In this episode we spoke to the designers of the winning benches to hear the stories behind their designs. Produced and edited by Eliza Grosvenor.

24mins

17 Dec 2020

Rank #2

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LFA2020: Sitting Pretty

As part of LFA2020, the LFA and Network Rail have unveiled a series of witty and challenging benches by emerging architects and designers at some of London’s largest railway stations. The series follows a design competition launched earlier this year and is the latest in our series of public installations that harness and celebrate emerging architectural and design talent, while improving London’s shared spaces and connecting people with new architecture and the buildings around them. In this episode we spoke to the designers of the winning benches to hear the stories behind their designs. Produced and edited by Eliza Grosvenor.

20mins

14 Oct 2020

Rank #3

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Canary Wharf: Jubilee Line Station

The Canary Wharf Jubilee Line Station, designed by Foster+Partners, was opened in 1999 and was fundamental in transforming the fortunes of Canary Wharf. It remains both the largest single-line station on the network, and perhaps the most architecturally spectacular. Gerard Evenden, Senior Executive Partner at Foster + Partners, led on the project for the practice in the 1990s. Here he tells us the story of this iconic station. This episode was recorded in 2019 as part of our Canary Wharf Architecture Audio Guide. You can find the full guide at lfa.london

33mins

1 Oct 2020

Rank #4

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LFA2020: The Tooley Street Triangle

LFA2020: The Tooley Street Triangle As part of LFA2020, The LFA and Team London Bridge have unveiled The Tooley Street Triangle – a new wayfinding beacon designed by Charles Holland Architects outside London Bridge Station. In this episode, Charles Holland talks us through the design and how it fits into the wider concept of wayfinding. Produced and edited by Eliza Grosvenor.

12mins

16 Sep 2020

Rank #5

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Royal Docks: Pews and Perches

Royal Docks: Pews and Perches In late 2019, the London Festival of Architecture ran a competition for emerging architects to design a bench, which could offer a fun and creative place to sit, rest and play along the Royal Docks waterfront. In this episode will are sharing some of the conversations we had with the designers of the winning benches. Produced and edited by Eliza Grosvenor.

18mins

9 Sep 2020

Rank #6

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Royal Docks: Patera Building

Royal Docks: Patera Building In this episode, we hear from Shaun Lees, Managing Director of Patera Engineering, who tells us about the Patera Building by Hopkins and Partners. Produced and edited by Eliza Grosvenor.

10mins

2 Sep 2020

Rank #7

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Royal Docks: Thames Barrier

Royal Docks: Thames Barrier and KGV Flood Gate In this episode, we hear from Sam Nicholson and Laura Littleton, from the Environmental Agency, who tells us about the Thames Barrier and KGV Flood gate. Produced and edited by Eliza Grosvenor.

18mins

26 Aug 2020

Rank #8

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Royal Docks: Tidal Basin Pumping Station

Royal Docks: Tidal Basin Pumping Station In this episode, we hear from Mike Davies, from RSH+P, who tell us about the Tidal Basin Pumping Station and how it fits into the wider Docks Master Plan.  Produced and edited by Eliza Grosvenor.

15mins

20 Aug 2020

Rank #9

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Royal Docks: Impounding Station

Royal Docks Impounding Station In this episode, we hear from Scott Derben, Managing Director of the Royal Docks Management Authority, who tells us about the Royal Docks Impounding Station, its past, present and future.  Produced and edited by Eliza Grosvenor.

17mins

13 Aug 2020

Rank #10