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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RIBA1497710 St Mary's Hill, Stamford

 
RIBA643710 Upper Grosvenor Street, London

 
RIBA33278100 Wood Street, City of London: the main facade clad in Portland stone seen from Love Lane with a glimpse of St Alban's church tower on the right


RIBA8111410-11 Cathedral Close, Exeter: detail of carved head on the main doorway

 
RIBA8111310-11 Cathedral Close, Exeter: detail of wooden carving on the main doorway

 
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


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