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Pride Float Design Gets Special Commendation

Our design for the London Festival of Architecture’s float contest to represent architecture and LGBT+ architects at the Pride parades in London and Manchester has received a special commendation.

The proposal created an inhabitable architectural prism called Kaleidoscope which would cast a rainbow along the parade route. Blurring the boundary between inside and outside - a rainbow machine of infinite colour.

The BDP design team, which also included structural engineer Conisbee, was led by architect associate Kevin Kelly who said: “Designed as a diamond lattice, the Kaleidoscope elevations face multiple directions. The cross pollination of colours is visible on approach, arrival and departure, allowing the crowd to enjoy a constantly changing view of limitless colour and envisage a future world of diversity.”

The result was announced at an event at Borough Market on 13 June where the team was presented with a bottle of champagne by the broadcaster and presenter Evan Davis and Tamsie Thomson, director of the London Festival of Architecture, who were both on the competition jury.

BDP is proud to be a gold supporter of the Architecture LGBT+ network.