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The Images Shortlisted for Best Architectural Photograph 2017

Choi Hung Estate, Hong Kong, photographed by Fabio Mantovani

Choi Hung Estate, Hong Kong, photographed by Fabio Mantovani

A building is so much more than bricks and mortar. It’s a snapshot in time, a reflection of society and the architects’ vision of it. A building can divide opinion (just look at the Brutalist movement), cause outrage when built and equal amounts of outrage when threatened to be pulled down. Either way, even the most simple of structures can evoke emotion and intrigue, and become as much a part of our urban landscape as the most elaborate – and no better way is this captured than through photography.

Gymnasium of the New Campus of Tianjin University, China, by Atelier Li Xinggang, photographed by Terrence Zhang

Gymnasium of the New Campus of Tianjin University, China, by Atelier Li Xinggang, photographed by Terrence Zhang

This year, Arcaid Images have shortlisted 20 photographers for the 2017 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards to celebrate just that. The shortlisted photographs will be exhibited at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Berlin from 15th-17th November, with the winner of the coveted prize announced on Friday 17th November.

Black Rock Lighthouse Service at Burning Man, Nevada, USA, photographed by Tom Stahl

Black Rock Lighthouse Service at Burning Man, Nevada, USA, photographed by Tom Stahl

Made up of four categories – Exterior, Buildings in Use, Interior, and Sense of Place – the awards are designed to highlight the skill and expertise of the photographer, as well as showing the character, detail and environment of the project.

John Hill, editor of the World-Architects eMagazine and Awards judge commented: “More than just informing people about the existence of such places, the best photos go beyond that and entice people to learn more about the buildings, cities, and landscapes – maybe even booking a flight to see them firsthand. That feeling hit me on numerous occasions.”

SALA Ayutthaya Hotel, Thailand, by Onion, photographed by Wison Tungthunya

SALA Ayutthaya Hotel, Thailand, by Onion, photographed by Wison Tungthunya

ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark, by Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Olafur Eliasson, photographed by David Borland

ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark, by Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Olafur Eliasson, photographed by David Borlan

Baan Mom private residence, Bangkok, Thailand, by Integrated Field

Baan Mom private residence, Bangkok, Thailand, by Integrated Field

Bosjes Chapel, Ceres, Cape Town, South Africa, by Steyn Studio, photographed by Adam Letch

Bosjes Chapel, Ceres, Cape Town, South Africa, by Steyn Studio, photographed by Adam Letch

Derby Arena Velodrome, UK, by Faulkner Brown Architects, photographed by Martine Hamilton

Derby Arena Velodrome, UK, by Faulkner Brown Architects, photographed by Martine Hamilton

Dongzhuang Building Museum of the Western Regions, China, by Xinjiang Wind Architectural Design & Research Institute, photographed by Yao Li

Dongzhuang Building Museum of the Western Regions, China, by Xinjiang Wind Architectural Design & Research Institute, photographed by Yao Li

North wall of the Revel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, photographed by Brian Rose

North wall of the Revel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, photographed by Brian Rose

Museum of the Pop Culture (formerly known as the EMP Museum), Seattle, USA, by Frank Gehry, photographed by Conchi Martínez

Museum of the Pop Culture (formerly known as the EMP Museum), Seattle, USA, by Frank Gehry, photographed by Conchi Martínez

Messner Mountain Museum Corones, South Tyrol, Italy, by Zaha Hadid Architects, photographed by Tom Roe

Messner Mountain Museum Corones, South Tyrol, Italy, by Zaha Hadid Architects, photographed by Tom Roe

Gymnasium of the New Campus of Tianjin University, China, by Atelier Li Xinggang, photographed by Terrence Zhang

Gymnasium of the New Campus of Tianjin University, China, by Atelier Li Xinggang, photographed by Terrence Zhang

Folk Art Museum, China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou, China, by Kengo Kuma, photographed by Terrence Zhang

Folk Art Museum, China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou, China, by Kengo Kuma, photographed by Terrence Zhang

Office building, Beijing, China, photographed by Tom Stahl

Office building, Beijing, China, photographed by Tom Stahl

Ponte City Apartments, Johannesburg, South Africa, photographed by Ryan Koopmans

Ponte City Apartments, Johannesburg, South Africa, photographed by Ryan Koopmans

Samsung Electronics HQ building in San Jose, California, USA, by NBBJ, photographed by David Crawford

Samsung Electronics HQ building in San Jose, California, USA, by NBBJ, photographed by David Crawford

Sumida Hokusai Museum, Tokyo, Japan, by Kazuyo Sejima, photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu

Sumida Hokusai Museum, Tokyo, Japan, by Kazuyo Sejima, photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu

Tianrenhe Museum, Hangzhou, China, by HHDFUN, photographed by Zhenfei Wang

Tianrenhe Museum, Hangzhou, China, by HHDFUN, photographed by Zhenfei Wang

Words by Angharad Jones



Angharad Jones

Angharad Jones

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