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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RIBA4323Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer, Information and Intelligence Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

 
RIBA4324Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer, Information and Intelligence Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

 
RIBA4325Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer, Information and Intelligence Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge


RIBA4326Centennial Hall, Wroclaw

 
RIBA4327Centennial Hall, Wroclaw

 
RIBA4328Centennial Hall, Wroclaw


RIBA4329Centennial Hall, Wroclaw

 
RIBA4330Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago

 
RIBA4331Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago


RIBA4332Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago

 
RIBA4333Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, at night

 
RIBA4334Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh: window seat in an office in the MSP Building


RIBA4335Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh: Debating Chamber

 
RIBA4336Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh: Tower 2

 
RIBA4337Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh: Garden Lobby


RIBA4338Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh: MSP Building

 
RIBA4339Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

 
RIBA4340Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff: the auditorium


RIBA4341Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff: the auditorium seen from circle left

 
RIBA4342Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff: the auditorium seen from the proscenium

 
RIBA4343Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff: Diversions studio stage


RIBA4344Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

 
RIBA4345Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff: the inscription Creu Gwir Fel Gwydr O Ffwrnais Awen/In These Stones Horizons Sing over the entrance

 
RIBA4346Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff