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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RIBA57058Wyvern Theatre and Arts Centre,Theatre Square, Swindon, Wiltshire: the main entrance

 
RIBA57057Wyvern Theatre and Arts Centre,Theatre Square, Swindon, Wiltshire: the main entrance marked by a sculptural wyvern

 
RIBA57061Wyvern Theatre and Arts Centre,Theatre Square, Swindon, Wiltshire: the Pavilion pub


RIBA57060Wyvern Theatre and Arts Centre,Theatre Square, Swindon, Wiltshire: the stepped entrance to the Pavilion pub

 
RIBA29245Wyverton House, Nottingham: plan of the ground floor

 
RIBA29243Wyverton House, Nottingham: plan of the ground floor incorporating paper flaps to show proposed additions


RIBA9920Xerox Data Systems offices, El Segundo, Los Angeles

 
RIBA9921Xerox Data Systems Offices, El Segundo, Los Angeles

 
RIBA72558X-Ray Institute, Frankfurt am Main: the glass wall of the X-ray laboratory


RIBA24783Yacht club, Pampulha, Belo Horizonte

 
RIBA17563Yacht Club, Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, by night

 
RIBA17562Yacht Club, Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, with Casino in the background


RIBA27079Yachts along the Molo looking from Piazzetta San Marco towards Santa Maria della Salute, Venice

 
RIBA8027Yaffle Hill, Water Tower Road, Broadstone, Dorset

 
RIBA14268Yaffle Hill, Water Tower Road, Broadstone, near Poole, Dorset


RIBA14269Yaffle Hill, Water Tower Road, Broadstone, near Poole, Dorset: the staircase

 
RIBA27612Yakutiye Medrese, Erzurum: detail of the stone reliefs flanking the entrance portal

 
RIBA2487-7Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut


RIBA15296Yale School of Art and Architecture, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

 
RIBA75701Yardley factory, Basildon, Essex

 
RIBA75703Yardley factory, Basildon, Essex


RIBA75705Yardley factory, Basildon, Essex

 
RIBA75704Yardley factory, Basildon, Essex at dusk

 
RIBA75702Yardley factory, Basildon, Essex: detail of the facade at night