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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Designs for a house for William Stewart Rose Esq., Gundimore, Christchurch, Hampshire: elevation of the Doric portico on the garden facade; section through the library and terrace and section through the tent roomRIBA65053

 
Designs for a house for William Stewart Rose Esq., Gundimore, Christchurch, Hampshire: sketch planRIBA65052

 
Designs for alterations and addition to the house and for garden buildings, Park Hill, Streatham Common North, London, for William Leaf: elevation and details of the covered approach from the house to the conservatoryRIBA82916


Designs for alterations and addition to the house and for garden buildings, Park Hill, Streatham Common North, London, for William Leaf: plans, elevations and section of a billiard room to be added to the east side of the houseRIBA82910

 
Designs for alterations and addition to the house and for garden buildings, Park Hill, Streatham Common North, London, for William Leaf: rough plan, elevations and section of the conservatoryRIBA82912

 
Designs for curate's house, Treslothan: floor plans and elevation of the entrance frontRIBA82843


Designs for curate's house, Treslothan: plan, elevations and section of stables, and Designs for a semi-detached pair of church cottages: plans and sectionRIBA82845

 
Designs for curate's house, Treslothan: west elevation and south elevation (garden front)RIBA82844

 
Designs for Holy Trinity Church, Southside Street, the Barbican, Plymouth: elevation of chancel endRIBA82530


Designs for Holy Trinity Church, Southside Street, the Barbican, Plymouth: elevation of the east frontRIBA82524

 
Designs for Holy Trinity Church, Southside Street, the Barbican, Plymouth: half plan of ground floor and of gallery floorRIBA82526

 
Designs for Holy Trinity Church, Southside Street, the Barbican, Plymouth: longitudinal sectionRIBA82529


Designs for Holy Trinity Church, Southside Street, the Barbican, Plymouth: plan of the vaultsRIBA82527

 
Designs for Holy Trinity Church, Southside Street, the Barbican, Plymouth: transverse sectionRIBA82528

 
Designs for improvements to Old Sleningford Hall, Mickley, North Yorkshire, for Thomas Kitchingman Staveley, Esq.: ground floor plan of house and offices (with flier), plan of the upper storey, elevation of part of the offices and elevation of covered wayRIBA83638


Designs for Littleholme, Upper Guildown Road, Guildford, Surrey, for George Muntzer: plans, elevations and section of preliminary design IIRIBA94220

 
Designs for Midland Bank Limited, 196 Piccadilly, London: front elevation with sections of the facadeRIBA97528

 
Designs for Standen (formerly Hollybush), East Grinstead, West Sussex, for James S. Beale: amended plan, elevation and sections of backyards and sheds for a pair of semi-detached cottages and plan, elevation and sketches of gate to drive to the main houseRIBA97344


Designs for Standen (formerly Hollybush), East Grinstead, West Sussex, for James S. Beale: details of a pair of semi-detached cottagesRIBA97346

 
Designs for Standen (formerly Hollybush), East Grinstead, West Sussex, for James S. Beale: plans and sections for a pair of semi-detached cottagesRIBA97345

 
Designs for Standen (formerly Hollybush), East Grinstead, West Sussex, for James S. Beale: plans, sections and elevations for a pair of semi-detached cottagesRIBA97343


Designs for the complete interior remodelling of Garden Corner, 13 Chelsea Embankment, London, for E. J. Horniman: details of the letterboxRIBA94276

 
Designs for the complete interior remodelling of Garden Corner, 13 Chelsea Embankment, London, for E. J. Horniman: half-elevation, section and details of hinged table which lets down from the wallRIBA94284

 
Designs for the complete interior remodelling of Garden Corner, 13 Chelsea Embankment, London, for E. J. Horniman: plan, elevation, section and details of an oak cabinetRIBA94286


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