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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RIBA86227Youth Hostel, Holland House, Holland Park, Kensington, London: a general seating area

 
RIBA86226Youth Hostel, Holland House, Holland Park, Kensington, London: a seating area in the three-storey dormitory block

 
RIBA86204Youth Hostel, Holland House, Holland Park, Kensington, London: looking towards the hostel group from the corner of old Holland House across the canal


RIBA86231Youth Hostel, Holland House, Holland Park, Kensington, London: one of the dormitories

 
RIBA86219Youth Hostel, Holland House, Holland Park, Kensington, London: the covered walkway linking the various blocks

 
RIBA86229Youth Hostel, Holland House, Holland Park, Kensington, London: the dining hall


RIBA86208Youth Hostel, Holland House, Holland Park, Kensington, London: the east wing with the hostel block to the left, seen from Holland Walk

 
RIBA86223Youth Hostel, Holland House, Holland Park, Kensington, London: the entrance hall

 
RIBA86224Youth Hostel, Holland House, Holland Park, Kensington, London: the entrance hall


RIBA86222Youth Hostel, Holland House, Holland Park, Kensington, London: the entrance hall and reception area

 
RIBA86225Youth Hostel, Holland House, Holland Park, Kensington, London: the entrance hall looking towards the old east wing

 
RIBA86216Youth Hostel, Holland House, Holland Park, Kensington, London: the ground and first floor of the three-storey dormitory block


RIBA86201Youth Hostel, Holland House, Holland Park, Kensington, London: the Jacobean east wing with the dining block to the right

 
RIBA86202Youth Hostel, Holland House, Holland Park, Kensington, London: the Jacobean wing seen from the dining room windows

 
RIBA86199Youth Hostel, Holland House, Holland Park, Kensington, London: the Jacobean wing with the youth hostel block to the right


RIBA86230Youth Hostel, Holland House, Holland Park, Kensington, London: the kitchen

 
RIBA86228Youth Hostel, Holland House, Holland Park, Kensington, London: the lower foyer at courtyard level

 
RIBA86214Youth Hostel, Holland House, Holland Park, Kensington, London: the main entrance


RIBA86215Youth Hostel, Holland House, Holland Park, Kensington, London: the main entrance

 
RIBA86198Youth Hostel, Holland House, Holland Park, Kensington, London: the new block with the converted Jacobean wing to the left

 
RIBA86200Youth Hostel, Holland House, Holland Park, Kensington, London: the north-east corner of the courtyard with the dining block to the right


RIBA86220Youth Hostel, Holland House, Holland Park, Kensington, London: the outer wall of the two-storey dormitory block

 
RIBA86221Youth Hostel, Holland House, Holland Park, Kensington, London: the outer wall of the two-storey dormitory block

 
RIBA86209Youth Hostel, Holland House, Holland Park, Kensington, London: the paving being laid