Access Thousands Of Images Of London's Architectural Heritage

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 27 months ago
Access Thousands Of Images Of London's Architectural Heritage
Children playing at Thamesmead, Greenwich, 1970 (c) Tony Ray-Jones and RIBA Collections

Thousands of architectural images of London are now available on a website from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

RIBApix offers the opportunity to explore RIBA's historic collection of images from across the world, including a trove from London: early sketches for tube stations and shops, vintage photos of famous landmarks, and Charles Barry's original design for Big Ben.

The website has 90,000 unique images in all, which can be viewed for free, and bought digitally or as framed or unframed prints. Below is a selection of our favourites.

1957 design for a fashion shop in London by David Stern (c) RIBA Collections
Design for St Pancras Station and Grand Midland Hotel, 1860 (c) RIBA Collections
The figure 'Architectural Aspiration' being carved into the new RIBA Headquarters in 1934 (c) RIBA Collections
HMV record store, Oxford Street, 1936 by Sydney Newbery (c) RIBA Collections
1947 design for London Transport; Underground and bus station in Redbridge by Oliver Hill (c) RIBA Collections
Battersea Power Station by night, 1935. Only two of the stacks are completed; the other two were added in 1955 (c) John Maltby RIBA Collections
Original design for clock face for the Houses of Parliament by Sir Charles Barry, 1838 (c) RIBA Collections
Design for Leicester Square Underground station, 1925 by Adams, Holdern & Pearson (c) RIBA Collections
1934 redesign of Chez Taglioni restaurant on Gerrard Street, by Oliver Hill (c) RIBA Collections
Original design for the National Theatre by Denys Lasdun and Partners, 1968 (c) RIBA Collections
1972 design for the interior of Christian Dior shop on Conduit Street (c) Max Clendinning and RIBA Collections

Last Updated 06 November 2015

Keir Hardie

Can anyone give me any help with browsing the collection? Is thinking of stuff to search for the only way? And is there a way to see them in a decent size, like they are in this article? What I saw was more like thumbnails to illustrate the prints for sale.