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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RIBA126071Designs as executed for the War Memorial, St John's Churchyard, High Street, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire: half-plan

 
RIBA126072Designs as executed for the War Memorial, St John's Churchyard, High Street, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire: blueprint with coloured washes of elevation of memorial and mound and detail of pier

 
RIBA126073Designs as executed for the War Memorial, St John's Churchyard, High Street, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire: blueprint of elevation of memorial and mound and detail of pier


RIBA126074Measured drawing of St Saviour's Church (Southwark Cathedral), Southwark, London: transverse section through the nave

 
RIBA126077Five of the 'Seven Ages of Man' from the inlaid marble pavement of the Duomo, Siena

 
RIBA126078Down Hall, Hatfield Heath, Essex: text describing the house illustrated in the journal on a following page [see RIBA126080]


RIBA126079House at Datchet, Berkshire, for T. E. Howe, Esq.: plans, elevations, sections

 
RIBA126080Down Hall, Hatfield Heath, Essex: the garden front

 
RIBA126081A Thatcher Monument


RIBA126082Richad Meier

 
RIBA126083Erich Mendelsohn

 
RIBA126084Model of proposed hexagonal aircraft hangar structure in triangular form for the BOAC Maintenance Headquarters, London Airport, later developed as a design for an exhibition hall


RIBA126085Model of proposed hexagonal aircraft hangar structure in triangular form for the BOAC Maintenance Headquarters, London Airport, later developed as a design for an exhibition hall

 
RIBA126086Model of proposed hexagonal aircraft hangar structure in triangular form for the BOAC Maintenance Headquarters, London Airport, later developed as a design for an exhibition hall

 
RIBA126087Model of proposed hexagonal aircraft hangar structure in triangular form for the BOAC Maintenance Headquarters, London Airport, later developed as a design for an exhibition hall


RIBA126088Model of proposed hexagonal aircraft hangar structure in triangular form for the BOAC Maintenance Headquarters, London Airport, later developed as a design for an exhibition hall

 
RIBA126089Model of proposed hexagonal aircraft hangar structure in triangular form for the BOAC Maintenance Headquarters, London Airport, later developed as a design for an exhibition hall

 
RIBA126090Model of proposed hexagonal aircraft hangar structure in triangular form for the BOAC Maintenance Headquarters, London Airport, later developed as a design for an exhibition hall


RIBA126091Model of proposed hexagonal aircraft hangar structure in triangular form for the BOAC Maintenance Headquarters, London Airport, later developed as a design for an exhibition hall

 
RIBA126092Model of the central district of Lingang New City, Shanghai

 
RIBA126093Model of the central district of Lingang New City, Shanghai


RIBA126094Model of the central district of Lingang New City, Shanghai

 
RIBA126095Model of the central district of Lingang New City, Shanghai

 
RIBA126096Model of the central district of Lingang New City, Shanghai