Louis Hellman: Archi-têtes

Celebrating both the RIBA’s acquisition of Louis Hellman’s archive in 2018 and the milestone of RIBApix reaching 100,000 images with his Archi-tête of Charles Rennie Mackintosh we present a gallery of Archi-têtes. Louis Hellman, architect turned cartoonist, is famed for his cartoons satirising the world of architecture, architects, clients, developers and politicians, most notably featured in the Architects’ Journal for over 50 years, see here.

Notions of anthropomorphism are popular in cultural history even extending to architecture and architects who have long made use of the human form as a metaphor for a building and its parts. Perhaps most well known are Vitruvius’ ‘Vitruvian Man’ with his arms and legs outstretched positioned within a square and circle and Le Corbusier’s ‘Modulor’ a scale of proportions based on applying the ‘Golden Section’ to the height of a man with a vertically outstretched arm.

One of the best known and fun items within the RIBA Collections is the caricature bust of Sir Edwin Lutyens incorporating an architectural model for a 'chattri' roof feature for the Viceroy's House (now Rashtrapati Bhavan) in New Delhi.

The Archi-têtes series of caricatures of architects using elements of their own buildings and style plays on the anthropomorphic elements in architecture in a unique way. The series was actually conceived as competition entry to the Architectural Review in 1984 which Hellman won. He then continued to create further caricatures, himself and certain politicians included, for the Architectural Review and which were published in the book Archi-têtes: the id in the Grid (2000).

To see the full range of Hellman’s Archi-têtes on RIBApix click here

 

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RIBA520321 Stanhope Place, London: fountain in the dining room

 
RIBA523591 Stanhope Place, London: the double L-shaped drawing room

 
RIBA520301 Stanhope Place, London: the drawing room


RIBA476371, 2 and 3 Rectory Lane scheduled for demolition, Letcombe Bassett, Wantage, Oxfordshire

 
RIBA1069831:250 scale model of the proposed Mansion House Square scheme, City of London

 
RIBA1069571:250 scale model of the proposed Mansion House Square scheme, City of London


RIBA9230310 and 11 Lansdown Crescent, Bath

 
RIBA1091410 and 12 Palace Court, Bayswater, London

 
RIBA7406610 Blackheath Park, London: a corridor


RIBA1856210 Blackheath Park, London: close-up of the steps leading from the terrace down to the garden

 
RIBA2871-2410 Blackheath Park, London: the entrance facade

 
RIBA2875-2510 Blackheath Park, London: the entrance facade


RIBA1528310 Blackheath Park, London: the entrance facade

 
RIBA7406510 Blackheath Park, London: the front elevation

 
RIBA2881510 Blackheath Park, London: the garden elevation


RIBA1856110 Blackheath Park, London: the garden elevation

 
RIBA7406110 Blackheath Park, London: the living room overlooking the garden

 
RIBA7406210 Blackheath Park, London: the living room seen from the hall


RIBA1856310 Blackheath Park, London: the living room seen from the hall

 
RIBA5161810 Blackheath Park, London: the main entrance

 
RIBA7406010 Blackheath Park, London: the rear staircase


RIBA7406410 Blackheath Park, London: the staircase

 
RIBA1573510 Blackheath Park, London: the stepped entrance

 
RIBA7406310 Blackheath Park, London: view towards the dining room


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