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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RIBA125972Designs and working drawings for garden terraces, gateway, garden pavilion, lodges and Bay House of Coombe Warren II, Kingston-upon-Thames, London, for Bertram Wodehouse Currie: elevation of a garden pavilion

 
RIBA125973Designs and working drawings for garden terraces, gateway, garden pavilion, lodges and Bay House of Coombe Warren II, Kingston-upon-Thames, London, for Bertram Wodehouse Currie: plan of house, new terraces and walls, elevation of steps and urn

 
RIBA125974Design for garden walls, potting sheds, greenhouses and alterations to dairy, Coombe Warren II, Kingston-upon-Thames, London, for Laurence Currie: site plan


RIBA125975Preliminary designs for the porch and garden, 18 Carlton House Terrace, Westminster, London, for the 2nd Lord Granville: perspective of the garden

 
RIBA125976Design for alterations and additions to Gravetye Manor, West Hoathly, West Sussex, for William Robinson: general plan

 
RIBA125977Designs for a new mansion and for two cottages, Goldings, Hertford, Hertfordshire, for Robert Smith: plan of the great parterre and elevation of one of its enclosing walls


RIBA125978Design for a house, Whittington (now Wittington), Medmenham, Buckinghamshire, for Sir Hudson Ewbanke Kearley, Bt: plan and perspective of the garden front

 
RIBA125979Designs the replanning of approaches and the formal garden, Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Kent, for Sir Philip Sidney, 2nd Baron De L'Isle and Dudley: perspective of the house and garden

 
RIBA125980Designs the replanning of approaches and the formal garden, Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Kent, for Sir Philip Sidney, 2nd Baron De L'Isle and Dudley: sketches of garden steps and finials to garden piers


RIBA125981Designs the replanning of approaches and the formal garden, Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Kent, for Sir Philip Sidney, 2nd Baron De L'Isle and Dudley: aerial perspective showing a fantasy view of Penshurst Place and gardens in the mid-18th century

 
RIBA125982Designs for Wretham Hall, Wretham, Norfolk, for Saxon Noble Esq.: plan and elevations

 
RIBA125983Design for the gardens at Mellerstain House, near Kelso, Roxburghshire, for Col. Lord Binning: aerial perspective


RIBA125984Unexecuted designs for a country house on the Hudson River, New York State, for Mr E. H. Harriman: plan of site showing layout of garden

 
RIBA125985Unexecuted designs for a country house on the Hudson River, New York State, for Mr E. H. Harriman: ground floor plan with central block around courtyard and two symmetrical projecting wings

 
RIBA125986Unexecuted designs for a country house on the Hudson River, New York State, for Mr E. H. Harriman: first floor plan


RIBA125987Unexecuted designs for a country house on the Hudson River, New York State, for Mr E. H. Harriman: entrance elevation in a Renaissance palazzo style

 
RIBA125988Unexecuted designs for a country house on the Hudson River, New York State, for Mr E. H. Harriman: two elevations and perspective sketch

 
RIBA125989Unexecuted designs for a country house on the Hudson River, New York State, for Mr E. H. Harriman: perspective sketch of entrance front


RIBA125990Unexecuted designs for a country house on the Hudson River, New York State, for Mr E. H. Harriman: perspective of entrance, possibly in a corner of a courtyard

 
RIBA125991Postcard illustrating the Rhodes Memorial, Rondebosch, Cape Town

 
RIBA125992Letter from Sir Herbert Baker to his wife Lady Florence from Delhi, dated 16 October 1913


RIBA125993Designs for the interior remodelling and decorating of 10 Carlton House Terrace, St James's, London, for Matthew White Ridley, 2nd Viscount Ridley: longitudinal section through staircase

 
RIBA125994Designs for the interior remodelling and decorating of 10 Carlton House Terrace, St James's, London, for Matthew White Ridley, 2nd Viscount Ridley: plans of the secondary stair

 
RIBA125995Designs for the interior remodelling and decorating of 10 Carlton House Terrace, St James's, London, for Matthew White Ridley, 2nd Viscount Ridley: sections of the secondary stair