15 Of The Most Beautiful Architectural Photographs From Around The World

Fifteen images ranging from a close-up of Herzog & de Meuron’s Beijing National Stadium to a portrait of a graveyard-turned home in the Philippines, have been selected as the finalists of the Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) 2014 Art of Building Photographer of the Year competition. The public will now decide who will take home the title and a £3,000 cash prize.

“There is a cornucopia of styles and stories in this year’s final,” said Saul Townsend, CIOB spokesman in a press release. “In a world full of high definition colour technology, black and white photography still inspires a host of photographers. Voters are in for a visual treat and will hopefully be inspired to look at the built environment in a new way and to take part themselves next year.”

The fifteen finalists were selected by panel of judges that included photography critic and editor Sue Steward, award-winning photographer Matt Wain and the editor of Construction Manager magazine, Elaine Knutt.

Take a look at the 15 finalists after the break and don’t forget to vote for your favorite before January 11, 2015 on CIOB’s Art of Building website. The winner will be announced February 5.

1. Potsdam, Germany


Name: Frank Machalowski Title of Photograph: Multiexpo Potsdam#5 Photo taken in: Potsdam, Germany Photographer from: Germany Photographer’s description: This multi-exposure picture reduces the building to its core without any irrelevant background. It emphasizes the building.

2. Abu Dhabi, UAE


Name: Hoang Long Ly Title of Photograph: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Photo taken in: Abu Dhabi, UAE Photographer from: Vietnam Photographer’s description: This mosque is a religious icon not only for Abu Dhabi but also for the Islamic world of UAE.

3. Beijing, China


Name: Mario Bejagan Cardenas Title of Photograph: Bird’s Nest Puzzle Close-Up Photo taken in: Beijing, China Photographer from: Abu Dhabi, UAE Photographer’s description: Beijing National Stadium is an eye-catching state of the art structure. The stadium is a work of exceptional design and proves to be a mind-boggling complex artifact as you get up close.

4. Pondicherry, India


Name: Rajaram Title of Photograph: Near to fire for bricks Photo taken in: Pondicherry, India Photographer from: Pondicherry, India Photographer’s description: The people are working near a hot fire to burn the bricks. To make a single brick is not as easy as we think.

5. Amsterdam, Netherlands


Name: Richard Pennington Title of Photograph: Concrete Arteries Photo taken in: Amsterdam, Netherlands Photographer from: Essex, UK Photographer’s description: A rare infrastructure perspective of Amsterdam’s newest Metro Line. I liken the concrete Metro tunnels of the city to the arteries running throughout or bodies that keep it alive and functioning.

6. Sao Paulo, Brazil


Name: Flores Giorgini Title of Photograph: Water pipe on a roof Photo taken in: Sao Paulo, Brazil Photographer from: Paris, France Photographer’s description: When I took this photo it was because I found it really strange that this pipe was on the roof; it is an interesting contrast with modern buildings.

7. London, UK


Name: Pierre Cuony Title of Photograph: Up Photo taken in: London, UK Photographer from: Switzerland Photographer’s description: This picture is a low angle shot of a beautiful building in London. Good place, right time.

8. Manila, Philippines


Name: Mario Bejagan Cardenas Title of Photograph: My home, my playground and my cemetery Photo taken in: Manila, Philippines Photographer from: Abu Dhabi, UAE Photographer’s description: Thousands of families have made a city’s graveyard their home as authorities grapple with rising population and housing shortage. Depressing community where hapless residents call this place a home among the dead.

9. Fregene, Italy


Name: Lisa Shalom Title of Photograph: Giuseppe Perugini Bathroom Photo taken in: Fregene, Italy Photographer from: California, USA Photographer’s description: Giuseppe Perugini was a famous architect who built very modern home decades ago in the heart of Fregene, Italy. Since his death, the home is abandoned. Here is a woman gazing through a small window in the bathroom.

10. Portugal


Name: Pessoa Neto Title of Photograph: Library by Siza Vieira Photo taken in: Portugal Photographer from: Portugal Photographer’s description: I really loved the light coming down the centre of the Library building. I saw two young kids and just waited for the moment.

11. Bangladesh


Name: Pulock Biswas Title of Photograph: Little House Photo taken in: Bangladesh Photographer from: Bangladesh Photographer’s description: It becomes a work of art.

12. Bangladesh


Name: Wahid Adnan Title of Photograph: Getting lost on a roof Photo taken in: Bangladesh Photographer from: Bangladesh Photographer’s description: A Muslim man is deep into his thoughts on a roof of a building surrounded by other buildings. Access to a roof in Dhaka is not always possible for people as the owners don’t allow tenants to go up.

13. Milan, Italy


Name: Yana Bulyizheva Title of Photograph: Songs of light Photo taken in: Milan, Italy Photographer from: St.Petersburg, Russia Photographer’s description: The photo shows Duomo not from the main facade, it shows details, and this architectural element is like a powerful luminous song for me.

14. Milwaukee, USA


Name: Patrick Mouzawak Title of Photograph: Inception Photo taken in: Milwaukee, USA Photographer from: Madrid, Spain Photographer’s description: The multiple layers created by this architectural form with a human attending to it as if carefully repositioning the triangle shapes herself.

15. Germany


Name: Lana Yankovskaya Title of Photograph: Capsule Photo taken in: Germany Photographer from: Kiev, Ukraine Photographer’s description: Mysterious construction, as if it’s from the future, but at the same time from the past. Reminds about aliens or mad architect, about emptiness and uselessness, which in fact, no one needs what we do, and it all will turn to ash.

Cite: Watkins, Katie. "15 Finalists Nominated for the Art of Building Photographer of the Year Award" 11 Dec 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Dec 2014.



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