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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RIBA125682Elevation of the doorway of the Pavillon Conti at the Chateau of Montceaux

 
RIBA125683Two half-elevations of rusticated, arched entrances

 
RIBA125684Two half-elevations of rusticated, arched entrances, one with curved pediment and the other with triangular pediment


RIBA125685Elevation of an arched entrance supported on piers having a keystone with lion mask, broken segmental pediment with blank cartouche and surmounted by a triangular pediment

 
RIBA125686Drawing of Flora in a garden with architectural details in the background

 
RIBA125687Elevation of a window or possibly an opening in an entrance screen, possibly for the Chateau de Montceaux


RIBA125688Two half-elevations for doorways

 
RIBA125689Seven drawings of entablatures

 
RIBA125690Drawings of five cornices and a profile


RIBA125691Two half-elevations of doorways with tables and pediments above

 
RIBA125692Two half-elevations of doorways

 
RIBA125693Design for the central doorway of an entrance screen with plan beneath and alternative designs to left and right


RIBA125694Design for a fountain, Royal Dairy, Frogmore, Windsor

 
RIBA125695Designs for alterations and additions to the existing house, Scarisbrick Hall, Lancashire: ground floor plan showing proposed alterations

 
RIBA125696Design for an unidentified classical pavilion


RIBA125697Design model for the Fitzwilliam Chapel, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

 
RIBA125698Design model for the Fitzwilliam Chapel, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

 
RIBA125699Design model for the Fitzwilliam Chapel, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge


RIBA125700Design model for the Fitzwilliam Chapel, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

 
RIBA125701Design model for the Fitzwilliam Chapel, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

 
RIBA125702Design model for the Fitzwilliam Chapel, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge


RIBA125703Design model for Cardiff Bay Visitors' Centre, Cardiff

 
RIBA125704Design model for Cardiff Bay Visitors' Centre, Cardiff

 
RIBA125705Design model for Cardiff Bay Visitors' Centre, Cardiff