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.

Explore the collection & buy prints

1 ... 4 5 6 8 9 ... 4228
101467 items
RIBA8111210-11 Cathedral Close, Exeter: the main doorway

 
RIBA1469110-12 Broughton Street, New Town, Edinburgh

 
RIBA109079103 Benhill Road, Camberwell, London


RIBA9863103-115 Rushby Mead, Letchworth Garden City

 
RIBA14508104 Gower Street, Bloomsbury, London

 
RIBA7802104-120 Regent Street, London


RIBA102295106-104 (l-r), Mount Street, Mayfair, London

 
RIBA102296106-104 (l-r), Mount Street, Mayfair, London

 
RIBA71076108 Eaton Place, Belgravia, London


RIBA71077108 Eaton Place, Belgravia, London: the sitting room

 
RIBA7773109-115 Regent Street, London

 
RIBA1054961095 Avenue of the Americas, West 41st Street, New York


RIBA10227211 & 12 Collingham Gardens, Kensington, London

 
RIBA2881311 and 14 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London: lateral view of the two stone-fronted houses on the north side of the square

 
RIBA776411 Carlton House and 13-15 Regent Street, London


RIBA1476411 East Parade, Sheffield

 
RIBA5587611 Manor Way, Blackheath, London: the entrance front

 
RIBA5017911 Manor Way, Blackheath, London: the garden elevation


RIBA5010011 Manor Way, Blackheath, London: the living room

 
RIBA1766411 Melbury Road, Kensington, London

 
RIBA1096611 Melbury Road, Kensington, London: street front


RIBA10154511 place Adolph-Cherioux, Paris

 
RIBA10154411 place Adolph-Cherioux, Paris

 
RIBA1054711 Priory Row, Coventry


1 ... 4 5 6 8 9 ... 4228