11th February 2020

In_pictures The art of buildings

In_pictures The art of buildings

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After thousands of public votes, the winners of the Art of Building Photographer of the Year 2019 have been announced.

The competition, run by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), celebrates the creativity of the construction industry and the built world around us.

The Public Choice Award went to Alexandr Bormotin for his striking image of a metro station in Moscow.

in_pictures Metrostation by Alexandr Bormotin, Moscow, Russia.Image copyright
Alexandr Bormotin / CIOB19

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“The new Moscow metro station is made in a futuristic style,” said Mr Bormotin.

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The Judges’ Prize went to Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra Saiz for this photo of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain.

in_pictures Fish by Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra SaizImage copyright
Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra Saiz / CIOB19

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“Due to the reflection of the water at night, the architecture of the buildings shows us the figure of a fish, perhaps prehistoric, with its heart still alive,” said Ajuriaguerra Saiz.

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Here are the other shortlisted entries voted for by the public.

in_pictures Kunststück by Pegova Olya, Russia.Image copyright
Pegova Olya / CIOB19

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Kunststück by Pegova Olya was taken in Russia: “In the past, faux facades were rare, and temporary interventions in urban spaces, but today they have become a part of the city landscape, only being changed from time to time.”

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in_pictures Eiffel Bridge by Jose Pessoa Neto, Porto, Portugal.Image copyright
Jose Pessoa Neto / CIOB19

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Eiffel Bridge (also known as the Dom Luís I Bridge) was taken in Porto by Jose Pessoa Neto: “People were waiting for the street festival ‘Senhora da Agonia’, one of the biggest in Portugal. From the street I saw these beautiful silhouettes, the bridge, the green crosses and the building behind in harmony.”

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in_pictures Colourful Mixture by Volker Sander, Hamburg, Germany.Image copyright
Volker Sander / CIOB19

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Colourful Mixture by Volker Sander: “This picture shows the peaceful coexistence of old and new architecture. The buildings don´t fit together, but they are not fighting against each other. They show the creative development in the centre of of Hamburg, Germany.”

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in_pictures Muralla Roja by Agnese Sanvito, Calpe, Spain.Image copyright
Agnese Sanvito / CIOB19

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Muralla Roja by Agnese Sanvito: “When I photographed La Muralla Roja, (a postmodern apartment complex in Calpe, Spain) it felt like being in a De Chirico painting, for the dream-like feel of the place. This image encapsulates for me the sense of light and colour in photography that I enjoy most, and which are important to my work. ”

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in_pictures Bank by Jonathan Walland, London, England.Image copyright
Jonathan Walland / CIOB19

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Bank was taken by Jonathan Walland in London. “I use minimalism as a method of enabling clarity. My process eliminates distraction, keeping the viewer focused on the purest elements of photography; form, light, texture and the way these components amalgamate.”

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in_pictures Sea and Humans by David Martin Huamani Bedoya, Peru.Image copyright
David Martin Huamani Bedoya / CIOB19

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Sea and Humans was taken by David Martin Huamani Bedoya in Peru: “The intervention of man in nature is not always bad. This photo shows the tranquillity of nature and a balcony from where people can better appreciate it.”

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in_pictures Axonometry by Grzegorz Tatar, Wroclaw, Poland.Image copyright
Grzegorz Tatar / CIOB19

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Axonometry by Grzegorz Tatar: “This is an aerial view of one of the underground entrances to the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, Poland. It is an excellent example of axonometry in architecture.”

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in_pictures Skywards by Debdatta ChakrabortyImage copyright
Debdatta Chakraborty / CIOB19

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Skywards by Debdatta Chakraborty: “The House of the Black Madonna is a cubist building in the “Old Town” area of Prague, Czech Republic. The building was designed and built between 1911 and 1912 . Josef Gocár built the house as the first example of cubist architecture in Prague, and it remains probably the most celebrated.”

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in_pictures At work by Volker Sander, Abu Dhabi.Image copyright
Volker Sander / CIOB19

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At work by Volker Sander: “This photo, taken in Abu Dhabi, is an example of needful interaction between humans and buildings. Without the busy people cleaning the giant glass frames of the tower, the building would look quite ugly.”

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in_pictures Bexhill Promenade Shelter by Adam Regan, Bexhill, EnglandImage copyright
Adam Regan / CIOB19

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Bexhill Promenade Shelter by Adam Regan is in East Sussex, England: “It is an elegant and appealing solution to a mundane problem,” said Regan, of the structure designed by Duggan Morris Architects.

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All pictures courtesy of the Chartered Institute of Building.

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