Buildings on film

Twelve finalists have been chosen from this year’s Art of Building architectural photography competition. From abstract details to abandoned buildings, here are the chosen images.

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MEHMET YASA

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Mehmet Yasa’s photograph is called “the eye of the tower” due to his ingenious positioning of the staircase and bell in this tower in Verona, Italy.

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Hanqing Qu

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Hanqing Qu’s image was taken at Malaysia’s National Mosque. “When the sunlight sprinkles into this building, light and shade meet each other in a dreamlike scene,” he says. “It reminds me of the film called Inception.”

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Hans Wichmann

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Taken at the Cultural Centre in Aviles, northern Spain, Hans Wichmann documents a young cyclist. He calls the museum “a successful integration of modern buildings in an old industrial site by architect Oscar Niemeyer, a place for large and small people”.

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FRANCIS MESLET

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Francis Meslet chose to look upwards in this picture, taken in a French memorial marking the centenary of World War One.

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Linda van Slobbe

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“This historic theatre is built in a typical oval shape, with the stage on one end and multiple floors and balconies all around the rest,” says photographer Linda van Slobbe about this theatre in Bar-le-Duc, France. “This one has beautiful decorations.”

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Robert Cassway

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This image by Robert Cassway is part of a larger series called “The Vanishing West” about Fresno, Montana, USA. “This photo shows the ravages of time and weather on a building that was left to decay by benign neglect, after the families that lived in Fresno moved away,” he says.

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Andrean Hadhianto Kwee

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The St Andrew’s Cathedral Tower is a neo-Gothic building built in mid-19th Century Singapore. Andrean Hadhianto Kwee says it stands “majestically in its surroundings, where it has still preserved its originality”.

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Petr Starov

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Cemetery of the 21st Century is the title of Petr Starov’s image shot in Ryazan, Russia. The photo captures the suspended construction of a shopping centre.

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Guo Ji Hua

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Guo Ji Hua’s image of these roads in Guangdong, China, is titled Cross Bridge Waltz and was shot using a drone. “The intersection of this work has an abstract line of beauty,” he says.

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Dmytro Levchuk

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Another photographer, Dmytro Levchuk, also chose to look upwards in this representation of bold colours and form in Dubai.

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Hossein Younesi

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Hossein Younesi captures the experimental architectural forms of this modern residential building in Iran.

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Gautam Kamat Bambolkar

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“Rugged textured cable pipes ran over my head at a train station in New York, creating a trance-like, frightful pattern,” says Gautam Kamat Bambolkar. “They ran from the edge of the entrance to an infinite end. It looked nothing less than a scary man-made cave.”

The Art of Building is run by the Chartered Institute of Building.

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