Palladian Design

The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected

'Palladian Design: The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected', which ran from September 2015 to January 2016, introduced Andrea Palladio's design principles and explored how they have been interpreted, copied and re-imagined across time and continents from his death in 1580 right up to the present day.

Designed by Caruso St John this exhibition at the RIBA explored how British architects such as Inigo Jones and Lord Burlington turned Palladianism into a national style and how 20th and 21st century architects have reinterpreted Palladio’s design principles for contemporary use in unexpected ways.

Please browse through some of the fantastic Palladian images that form part of the RIBApix collection.

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Queen's House, Greenwich, London: the Tulip StaircaseRIBA100034

Alternative designs for the Palazzo da Porto Festa, VicenzaRIBA3082-37

Banqueting House, Whitehall, London: perspective view looking westRIBA95988

Chiswick House, London: design for the facade of the orangery in the gardensRIBA22296

Copt Hall (or Copped Hall), Essex: proposed design for the rebuilding showing elevation of principal front with alternative treatment of dome (flap up)RIBA37334

Horse Guards Parade, St James's Park, LondonRIBA15475

La Hotel de la Monnaie de Paris (The Paris Mint), Paris, with the River Seine seen in the foregroundRIBA22532

Queen's House, Greenwich, London: the north frontRIBA5316

Ralph Allen's townhouse, North Parade Passage, BathRIBA92307

Rotunda, Wentworth Castle, South YorkshireRIBA80607

San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice: elevation of the entrance facadeRIBA32213

Somerset House, Strand, London: elevation of the Great Gallery facing the ThamesRIBA32762

St Paul's, Covent Garden, London: elevation of the east frontRIBA32006

St Paul's, Covent Garden, London: the east facade on Covent GardenRIBA3712-74

Stourhead, Wiltshire: the east frontRIBA6586

The alternative entrance gateway, Rousham Park, OxfordshireRIBA40255

Villa da Porto Barbaran, Montorso Vicentino: the entrance facadeRIBA39883

Villa Emo, Fanzolo di Vedelago: the Sala decorated with frescoes by Giambattista ZelottiRIBA39839

Villa Rotonda (Villa Almerico Capra), VicenzaRIBA5480

Villa Rotonda (Villa Almerico Capra), Vicenza: planRIBA36564

Villa Rotonda (Villa Almerico Capra), Vicenza: sketched perspective viewRIBA12848