Mirrored float by Raw Architecture Workshop debuts at London Pride
The float's design by'Raw Architecture Workshop (RAW) consists of an'inverted mirrored roof, supported on scaffolding and a timber frame, which reflected those on board as well as the crowds lining the route. Following a Pride brunch at the RIBA,'the float left Portland Place to process down Regent Street to Trafalgar Square'as part of the parade, filled and surrounded by architects and their friends.
The float was sponsored by practices including Foster + Partners, Grimshaw, BDP and PLP Architecture ' as well as by Sir Robert McAlpine, which managed the float build and provided a flatbed truck'to carry it.
Graeme Laughlan and David Mulligan, who'founded RAW in 2010,'said:''It has been an incredible experience to win the competition to design this year's float and be involved with the London Festival of Architecture and'Architecture LGBT+,'contributing to their celebration of diversity and inclusivity. We hope the'Under One Roof'message captured the spirit of Pride. Next stop, Manchester Pride!''
Tamsie Thomson, director of the London Festival of Architecture, said: 'Thanks to RAW Architecture Workshop, we're celebrating the brilliance of London's architecture sector, and the diversity which allows it to thrive'.
Tom Guy, director at Guy Piper Architects and founder of Architecture LGBT+ added: 'The Architecture Pride float competition has become the highlight of the year, as it is the perfect opportunity for architects to apply their creativity and ingenuity to broadcast Architecture LGBT+'s core message of promoting diversity in the architectural industry to our peers and Pride attendees.'
RAW's 'Under One Roof' design was named'the winner at an'event in Borough Market in June, prior to a three-week build'managed by McAlpine.'It was selected from more than 30 designs, including strong entries by'BDP with Conisbee, Foster + Partners and Grimshaw ' all three of which were awarded special commendations.'
The judging panel consisted of Anne Cosentino, equality, diversity and inclusion manager at the RIBA; Evan Davis, the broadcaster and presenter; Tom Guy; Sarah Habershon, architect and member of'last year's winning team from Hawkins\Brown;'Tamsie Thomson; Rob Wilson, AJ architecture editor;'and Steven Belton, regional administration manager, London at Sir Robert McAlpine.'
The competition was open to architecture students, recent graduates and emerging practices as well as staff in more established firms. The float will appear at Manchester Pride on 24 August.
Source: Architects' Journal
London Build is the leading building & construction show for London and the UK. Gain access to 350+ exhibitors, 500+ speakers and connect with 25,000+ registered visitors. If you are interested in speaking, exhibiting or becoming an official event partner for the 2019 show, simply submit your interest and a member of the team will be in touch.'