Changing faces: architectural façades collection

Clever devices for comparing designs

Inspired by the We Live in the Office exhibition which takes us on an architectural journey as told through the history of the façade we thought it would be fun to put together a gallery of architectural drawings all of which feature moveable flaps, an ingenious graphic device by which the reader can view alternative designs on one sheet.

One of the major proponents of this device was the landscape architect Humphry Repton. Repton would produce a Red Book, so called because of their red Morocco leather bindings, for the client of each of his proposed landscape schemes. These bound volumes of essays and watercolours served as persuasive marketing tools for his work and included both 'before' and 'after' views of the development sites utilising overlaid paper flaps to indicate Repton's suggested improvements. One such example held by the RIBA is the Langley Park Red Book for Sir Peter Burrell in 1790 for his Beckenham seat.

One of Repton’s sons, the architect George Stanley Repton, also employed this device to good effect for example at Kitley House showing 'before' and 'after' views from all four points of the compass for the MP for Devonshire, Edmund Pollexfen Bastard.

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RIBA4275Einstein Tower, Potsdam

 
RIBA4276IG Metall building, Berlin

 
RIBA4277IG Metall building, Berlin: staircase and light fixture


RIBA4278IG Metall building, Berlin: inner courtyard

 
RIBA4279IG Metall building, Berlin: staircase and light fixture

 
RIBA4280Hoenheim park and ride station, Strasbourg


RIBA4281Hoenheim park and ride station, Strasbourg

 
RIBA4282Hoenheim park and ride station, Strasbourg

 
RIBA4283Hoenheim park and ride station, Strasbourg


RIBA4284Apartment building, Am Weissenhof 14-20, Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart: close-up of an entrance on the east side

 
RIBA4285Apartment building, Am Weissenhof 14-20, Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart: close-up an entrance on the east side

 
RIBA4286Apartment building, Am Weissenhof 14-20, Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart: oblique view from the street side


RIBA4287Apartment building, Am Weissenhof 14-20, Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart: the east (entrance) side

 
RIBA4288Row houses 28, 29, 30, Am Weissenhof, Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart: close-up of the entrance to one of the three houses

 
RIBA4289Row houses 28, 29, 30, Am Weissenhof, Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart: close-up of the entrance to one of the three houses


RIBA4290Row houses 28, 29, 30, Am Weissenhof, Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart: detail of the street entrance to one of the three houses

 
RIBA4291Bergisel ski jump, near Innsbruck: the pinnacle of the run and tower head

 
RIBA4292Bergisel ski jump, near Innsbruck


RIBA4293Bergisel ski jump, near Innsbruck

 
RIBA4294Bergisel ski jump, near Innsbruck: the underside of the run showing the supporting structure and the tower head

 
RIBA4295Stage of the Sossnoff Theater, Richard B Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson


RIBA4296Acoustic element in the Sossnoff Theater, Richard B Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson

 
RIBA4297Richard B Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson

 
RIBA4298Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson