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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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

 
RIBA125996Designs for the interior remodelling and decorating of 10 Carlton House Terrace, St James's, London, for Matthew White Ridley, 2nd Viscount Ridley: sections looking east and north of the secondary stair


RIBA125997Designs 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

 
RIBA125998Designs for the interior remodelling and decorating of 10 Carlton House Terrace, St James's, London, for Matthew White Ridley, 2nd Viscount Ridley: plan of the marble paving in the hall

 
RIBA125999Designs for the interior remodelling and decorating of 10 Carlton House Terrace, St James's, London, for Matthew White Ridley, 2nd Viscount Ridley: elevations of the departure of the main stair


RIBA126000Designs for the interior remodelling and decorating of 10 Carlton House Terrace, St James's, London, for Matthew White Ridley, 2nd Viscount Ridley: newel post of main staircase

 
RIBA126001Designs for the interior remodelling and decorating of 10 Carlton House Terrace, St James's, London, for Matthew White Ridley, 2nd Viscount Ridley: longitudinal section

 
RIBA126002Designs for the Orangery, Hestercombe House, near Taunton, Devon, for the the Hon. E. W. B. Portman: plan, elevations and section


RIBA126003Designs for the Orangery, Hestercombe House, near Taunton, Devon, for the the Hon. E. W. B. Portman: plan and elevations of the four faces of the orangery and of the panelling layout inside the orangery

 
RIBA126004Sketch design for a cemetery or war memorial, incorporating the Great War Cross and the Great War Stone (or Stone of Remembrance)

 
RIBA126005Designs for Westminster College, Harcourt Hill, Oxford: site plan from the south


RIBA126006Designs for Westminster College, Harcourt Hill, Oxford: roof details of chapel

 
RIBA126007Designs for Westminster College, Harcourt Hill, Oxford: elevation and details of oak entrance gates

 
RIBA126008Designs for Westminster College, Harcourt Hill, Oxford: full-size sections through spire moulding


RIBA126009Designs for Westminster College, Harcourt Hill, Oxford: unidentified entrance with the College motto 'Virtute et Fide' (Through Virtue and Faith) above the door

 
RIBA126010Designs for Westminster College, Harcourt Hill, Oxford: details of chapel belfry and spire

 
RIBA126011Designs for Westminster College, Harcourt Hill, Oxford: design for stone commemorating the transfer of the College from London to Oxford


RIBA126012Designs for a house, Elstree Hill, Bromley, London, for Dr Fritz Saxl and Dr Gertrud Bing: plans, elevations and sections

 
RIBA126013Designs for Warburg Institute Library, Thames House, Millbank, London: plan

 
RIBA126014Designs for Warburg Institute Library, Thames House, Millbank, London: plan, elevations, section and detail for a lantern stand


RIBA126015Designs for Warburg Institute Library, Thames House, Millbank, London: plan with layout notes

 
RIBA126016Designs for garden ornaments: sketch design for pedestal and flower vase made in majolica and terracotta

 
RIBA126017Designs for garden ornaments: sketch design for pedestal and flower vase made in majolica and terracotta