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Here’s the best of architectural photographs at the Arcaid Awards. See pics

The Arcaid Awards, which highlight the world’s best photographs of buildings every year, have just revealed the shortlist for the 2017 edition. The winning photographer will be announced next month.

more lifestyle Updated: Oct 04, 2017 16:47 IST
Adam Letch Project: A recently completed chapel built on Bosjes farm in Ceres, Cape Town by Steyn Studio.
Adam Letch Project: A recently completed chapel built on Bosjes farm in Ceres, Cape Town by Steyn Studio. (AFP)

Twenty artists have been selected for the annual Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards 2017, divided into four sections, although the award itself will be handed to only one of those shortlisted. The winner will be decided according to a vote by visitors to the World Architecture Festival in Berlin, taking place during November 15-17, 2017.

The selected photographer will receive the award at the event’s closing gala dinner on November 17, and will be exhibited alongside the other 19 shortlisted participants at Image+Space in Beijing, as well as Sto Werkstatt in London.

Photographer: Tom Roe Project: Messner Mountain Museum Corones, Bolzano, South Tyrol in Italy by Zaha Hadid Architects. (AFP)

During the shortlisting process, a panel of judges were asked to select work that translates “the sophistication of architecture into a readable and understandable two dimensions, to explain and extol the character, detail and environment of the project”. The result is a diverse, international selection (although China dominates as a location) of both new and less recent architecture, captured at unique and evocative angles by the different photographers.

Tom Stahl Project: Black Rock Lighthouse Service in the Nevada desert, USA. (AFP)

Exterior category

The five selected photographs from the Exterior category portray the Samsung Electronics Building in California by David Crawford; a recently-completed chapel in Cape Town by Adam Letch; the wall of a casino in New Jersey; a hotel in Thailand by Wilson Tungthunya (who has two photographs in the final); and the Sumida Hokusai Museum in Tokyo by Kazuyo Sejima.

Brian Rose Project: North wall of the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. (AFP)

Interior category

Moving inside, although sometimes with a view to the outdoors, the finalists from the Interior categories are as follows: a gymnasium in Tianjin by Terrence Zhang (one of his three pieces in the final); the Chinese Dongzhuang Museum of the Western Regions by Yao Li; a private Bangkok residence by Wilson Tungthunya; the Tianrenhe Museum in China by Zhenfei Wang, and an apartment block in Johannesburg by Ryan Koopmans.

Sense of place category

The Sense of Place is the most elusive of categories, with shortlist decisions based on a more philosophical judgment/appreciation. This year’s selected pieces are of the Folk Art Museum in China by Terrence Zhang; a residential estate in China by Fabio Mantovani; the Messner Mountain Museum in Italy by Tom Roe; the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle by Conchi Martinez; and the Black Rock Lighthouse Service in the Nevada desert by Tom Stahl (another artist with two successful entries).

Terrence Zhang Project: Gymnasium of New Campus of Tianjin University, China by Atelier Li Xinggang. (AFP)

Buildings in use category

Requiring that its entries show the architecture being used according to its purpose, the Buildings in use category features the following selected photographs: the campus gymnasium at Tianjin University, China, by Terrance Zhang; a residential block in Singapore by Siyuan Ma; the UK’s Derby Arena Velodrome by Martine Hamilton; the ARoS Aarhus Kuntmuseum in Denmark by David Borland; and an office building in Beijing, China by Tom Stahl.

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