Architecture photography award-winners
go on show in London

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Views of Peter Zumthor's Bruder Klaus Field Chapel and a rippled timber reindeer observation pavilion by Snøhetta are among the 16 shortlisted photographs for the 2013 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards, a selection of which go on show in London next month (+ slideshow).

Exterior: Bruder Klaus Field Chapel by Peter Zumthor - photographed by Tim Van de Velde
Exterior: Bruder Klaus Field Chapel by Peter Zumthor - photographed by Tim Van de Velde

Organised by architectural stock photography website Arcaid Images, the awards were divided into four categories - exterior, interior, sense of place and buildings in use - and the winning images were selected by a panel of judges including architects Zaha Hadid, Eva Jiřičná, and Graham Stirk and Ivan Harbour of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

Winner: Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekten - photographed by Ken Schluchtmann
Winner: Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekten - photographed by Ken Schluchtmann

The overall winner was a shot of the viewing platform perched high above a fjord at the Trollstigen Tourist Route in Norway by Berlin photographer Ken Schluchtmann, who has a total of four images shortlisted.

Runner-up: Dalian International Conference Center by Coop Himmelb(l)au - photographed by Duccio Malagamba
Runner-up: Dalian International Conference Center by Coop Himmelb(l)au - photographed by Duccio Malagamba

Italian photographer Duccio Malagamba was named runner-up for his image depicting the contorted steel form of Coop Himmelb(l)au's Dalian International Conference Center in China, and was also shortlisted with an internal view of the same building and a shot of Herzog & de Meuron's Olympic Stadium in Beijing.

Buildings in Use: Shangri La at Glastonbury Festival by An-Architecture - Jim Stephenson
Buildings in Use: Shangri La at Glastonbury Festival by An-Architecture - photographed by Jim Stephenson

A view of the Shangri-La tent at Glastonbury Festival by UK-based Jim Stephenson made the list, as did a view by Belgian photographer Tim Van de Velde of a market hall in Ghent with a zigzagging roof.

Buildings in Use: Market Hall Ghent by Marie-Josee van Hee and Robbrecht & Daem Architects - photographed by Tim Van de Velde
Buildings in Use: Market Hall Ghent by Marie-Josee van Hee and Robbrecht & Daem Architects - photographed by Tim Van de Velde

Other well-known projects pictured include 3XN's whirlpool-shaped Blue Planet aquarium, photographed by Denmark-based Adam Mørk, and MAD's twisting skyscrapers, captured by Canadian photographers Large + Bounhar.

Exterior: Reindeer Pavilion by Snøhetta - photographed by Ken Schluchtmann
Exterior: Reindeer Pavilion by Snøhetta - photographed by Ken Schluchtmann

The winners were first announced at the end of 2013 and a selection of nine will go on show at The Werkstatt,  a renovated factory at 7–9 Woodbridge Street, London, from 28 February to 25 April.

Exterior: Absolute Towers by MAD Architects - photographed by Large + Bounhar
Exterior: Absolute Towers by MAD Architects - photographed by Large + Bounhar

Here's some additional information from Arcaid:


The Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards at Werkstatt

Sto presents Werkstatt - meaning workshop in German - a showcase for the whole Sto Group and a new East London cultural establishment with a lively program of exhibitions, talks, workshops and consultations. The inaugural exhibition is Building Images: The Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards 2013 which shows the breadth and invention in both architecture and photography today.

Sense of place: Tungeneset by Code Arkitektur - photographed by Ken Schluchtmann
Sense of place: Tungeneset by Code Arkitektur - photographed by Ken Schluchtmann

Arcaid Images is a photographic resource representing images from all aspects of the built world, ancient and modern, iconic and ordinary. The Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards started in 2012. This year's judges were: Zaha Hadid, Ivan Harbour, Catherine Slessor, Eva Jiricna and Graham Stirk.

Interior: Shanghai Museum of Glass by Coordination - photographed by Ken Schluchtmann
Interior: Shanghai Museum of Glass by Coordination - photographed by Ken Schluchtmann

The exhibition will present nine shortlisted photographs including The Awards' winner Ken Schluchtmann's photograph of 'Nasjonale Turistveger' Trollstigen, Norway. A building suspended in clouds next to a waterfall, which highlights the magical nature of architecture and its power within a landscape.

Interior: Liverpool Central Library by Austin-Smith:Lord - photographed by Keith Hunter
Interior: Liverpool Central Library by Austin-Smith:Lord - photographed by Keith Hunter

Friederike Meyer: "Described as much more than mere reproductions, Schluchtmann's images penetrate to the very essence of his subjects. They distil light and colour in a long process involving both analogue and digital techniques, imbuing photographs with an unusually sculptural depth. Some say they create incarnations of design in the way that other photographers create incarnations of fashion."

Buildings in Use: Pátio des Escolas by José Barra and Gonçalo Byrne - photographed by Fernando Guerra
Buildings in Use: Pátio des Escolas by José Barra and Gonçalo Byrne - photographed by Fernando Guerra

Other remarkable photographs being shown in large scale c-type prints beauty include Adam Mørk's 'exterior shortlisted' photograph of The Blue Planet, Denmark and in 'the buildings in use category' Fernando Guerra's striking image of Pátio des Escolas, Portugal.

Interior: Dalian Congress Centre by Coop Himmelb(l)au photographed by Duccio Malagamba
Interior: Dalian Congress Centre by Coop Himmelb(l)au photographed by Duccio Malagamba

The Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Award aims to put the focus on the skill and creativity of the photographer.

Interior: Citta del Sol by Labrics - photographed by Fernando Guerra
Interior: Citta del Sol by Labrics - photographed by Fernando Guerra

The judges and the viewers are asked to look beyond the architecture to the composition, light, scale, atmosphere, sense of place and understanding of the project.

Buildings in Use: Olympic Stadium by Herzog & de Meuron - photographed by Duccio Malagamba
Buildings in Use: Olympic Stadium by Herzog & de Meuron - photographed by Duccio Malagamba

The exhibition mirrors the innovation available in this three-storey renovated factory in the heart of Clerkenwell. A full range of Sto Group's products are at Werkstatt for architects to play and create with, including glass and rendered rainscreen cladding, seamless acoustics, facade elements and photo catalytic interior paint coating.

Sense of place: exterior approach to the Shanghai South Railway Station - photographed by James Leynse
Sense of place: exterior approach to the Shanghai South Railway Station - photographed by James Leynse

Werkstatt also extends out from its hub in Clerkenwell to offer connections to Sto's international network of technical experts with local and global knowledge. Werkstatt is a workshop for international designers and architects to meet, hear, see, be inspired, photography in relaxed surroundings with a backdrop of Sto innovation.

Exterior: The Blue Planet by 3XN - photographed by Adam Mørk
Exterior: The Blue Planet by 3XN - photographed by Adam Mørk
  • Maarten

    C’mon Tim Van de Velde! ;)

  • Younes Bounhar

    We’re so delighted to be in such fantastic company! (Though I would like to say that the Photo of MAD’s absolute tower is by myself and my partner Amanda Large).

  • edytaau

    Shadow pictures of Fernando Guerra resemble famous pictures of Renee Burri from 60s. Check his Sao Paolo pictures from 1960.