Under One Roof by RAW Architecture
The float’s design by Raw Architecture Workshop (RAW) consisted 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. RAW wanted their design to communicate that people, plus building, equals architecture. The use of mirrors in the roof extended the physical boundaries of the roof beyond that of the float, to capture the whole crowd around so that all would be visible under one roof.
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.
On 6 July, 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, before travelling north to appear at Manchester Pride on 24 August.