Precursors of High Tech

From the Iron Bridge of 1779, the world’s first all metal prefabricated structure, through metal framed glasshouses, Victorian train sheds, Crystal Palace, the Festival of Britain to the Smithson’s divisive school at Hunstanton we show examples of “high tech” architecture of the day. 

View additional images of cottages from the RIBA Collections which are available to download, purchase as prints or licence.

Also see: Flats Gallery, Terraced Houses Gallery, At Home In Britain.

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Burnt House Cottage, Alfriston, East Sussex: close-up of the living room fireplaceRIBA24353

 
Cottage in Bawdsey, SuffolkRIBA49319

 
Cottages, Buscot, BerkshireRIBA102601

 
Cottages, Longtown, CumbriaRIBA49914


Derelict cottage showing exposed lathes of the timber framingRIBA42022

 
Design for a cottage ornee: perspectiveRIBA96563

 
Design for a cottage, Llangollen, Clwyd: elevations and planRIBA22002

 
Design for a gardener's cottage at Laverstoke House, Hampshire, for Melville Porter, MP: perspectiveRIBA3996


Design for a proposed cottage, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, for Miss M. Foster-Melliar: plans, elevations and sectionRIBA94201

 
Design for a woodman's cottageRIBA16355

 
Design for Craft Cottage, Paston, Norfolk, for Miss Alice Durrell: elevation and planRIBA20042

 
Designs for peasant's hutsRIBA18970


Drawings from a sketchbook showing a rustic cottage on the Isle of Wight: perspectiveRIBA83342

 
Furlongs (Peggy Angus's house), near Firle, East Sussex: the kitchenRIBA69374

 
Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, DorsetRIBA18192

 
Lock-keeper's Cottage Graduate Centre, Queen Mary College, University of London, Mile End Lock, LondonRIBA53478


Moorland cottage near Billy Row, County DurhamRIBA14828

 
Pike House cottage, Cricklade, WiltshireRIBA18145

 
Puckaster Cottage, near Niton, Isle of WightRIBA17751

 
Steep Cottage, Old Coulsdon, Surrey: the gabled garden frontRIBA64892


Steep Cottage, Old Coulsdon, Surrey: the living roomRIBA64893

 
Thatched cottage in Corfe Castle, Dorset, with the Norman tower-keep in the backgroundRIBA18197

 
Thatched cottage in Elgol, Skye, Inner HebridesRIBA11886

 
Thatched cottage in Sudbourne, SuffolkRIBA49121


Thatched cottages, Milton Abbas, DorsetRIBA18190

 
Thatched half-timbered cottage and garden, Wain Street, HerefordshireRIBA25731

 
Thatching a cottage at Sheepwash, DevonRIBA5024

 
Timber cottage, 124 Wilbury Road, Letchworth, Hertfordshire: side elevationRIBA50249


View from the cottage of Humphry Repton at Hare Street, Essex, after proposed alterationsRIBA6215

 
View of Newlyn village and harbour, CornwallRIBA22131