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