One of Wornum's designs for the re-planning of Parliament Square, London, 1949
Pencil on photograph
Designer: George Grey Wornum
© RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
In this image Grey Wornum has collaged a photograph of Parliament Square. With the project's position at the centre of British government, Wornum had to demonstrate that his scheme would accentuate the character of the existing environment. He wanted to present the politicians and residents of Parliament Square with an exacting reality, rather than a romantic, picturesque illustration.
Instead of a formal perspective, like Philip Armstrong Tilden did for Selfridges, Wornum layered his project directly onto a photograph of the site. He added bold pencil lines and overlaid multiple renderings. Drawing straight onto photographs was never a very common technique for architects, but Wornum employed the method deftly to convey his ideas.