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In pictures: The 20 best architectural photographs of 2015

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The shortlist for the Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards 2015 has been revealed before the winner is announced at the World Architecture Festival next month

The photographs will be exhibited at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Singapore, and the overall winner will be announced at the Gala Dinner.

The images are divided into four categories: exteriors, interiors, sense of place and buildings in use.

Shortlisted entries include images of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ Leadenhall Building, SANAA’s 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan and the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre in Australia by Cox Rayner Architects.

This year’s judges are Fabrizio Barozzi and Alberto Veiga of Barcelonan practice Barozzi Veiga; curator Amy Croft; Katy Harris from Foster + Partners; Hufton + Crow photography; Ian Moore of Sydney-based Ian Moore Architects; Clifford Pearson from Architectural Record; and Christine Murray, editor of the Architectural Review.

Judges were asked to look beyond the architecture itself, and to consider the photographers’ composition, sense of place, atmosphere and use of scale.

Murray said: ‘Architectural photography should not be solely focused on the building, but give you a wider sense of the context. Like the photographs in old issues of National Geographic, I want to experience this place and its people. I want to feel like I’ve travelled.’

A selection of the shortlisted entries alongside the winning image will feature in an exhibition at Sto Werkstatt in London early next year.



EXTERIORS: Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin, Poland by Laurian Ghinitoiu. Architect is Estudio Barozzi &Veiga


EXTERIORS: Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Australia by Christopher Frederick Jones. Architect is Cox Rayner Architects


EXTERIORS: Universite Ibn Zohr de Laayoune, Morocco by Doublespace (Amanda Large&Younes Bounhar). Architect is Regroupement d’Architectes El Kabbaj


EXTERIORS: Bethel Secondary School in Gourcy, Burkina Faso, by Grant Smith. Architect is Article 25


EXTERIORS: Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, by Su Shengliang. Architect is Atelier Deshaus



INTERIORS: Living-Garden House in Katowice, Poland, by Inigo Bujedo Aguirre. Architect is KWK PROMES Robert Konieczny


INTERIORS: Tranfor in Torres Vedras, Portugal, by Fernando Guerra. Architect is Pedro Gadanho + CVDB


INTERIORS: Refugi dil fieu in Flims, Switzerland, by Mads Mogensen. Architect is AAM Architektin


INTERIORS:Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai by Su Shengliang. Architect is Atelier Deshaus


INTERIORS: The Leadenhall Building, London, by Mark Gorton. Architect is Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Sense of place


SENSE OF PLACE: JBR Beachside, residential buildings and public beach, Dubai, by Leva Saudargaite. Architect is Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo (WATG)


SENSE OF PLACE: Parque Natural do Fogo, Ilha do Fogo, Cabo Verde, by Fernando Guerra. Architect is OTO Arquitectos


SENSE OF PLACE: De Rotterdam, Rotterdam, by Ryan Koopmans. Architect is Rem Koolhaas OMA


SENSE OF PLACE: Bethel Secondary School, Gourcy, Burkina Faso by Grant Smith. Architect is Article 25


SENSE OF PLACE: Kandalama Hotel in Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Tom Roe. Architect is Geoffrey Bawa

Buildings in use


BUILDINGS IN USE: Yick Cheong Building, in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong by Tan Lingfrei. Architect is Public Housing Development


BUILDINGS IN USE: Nudgee College, Brisbane, Australia, by Christopher Frederick Jones. Architect is M3 Architecture


BUILDINGS IN USE: Parque Natural do Fogo, Cape Verde, by Fernando Guerra. Architect is OTO Arquitectos


BUILDINGS IN USE: EPFL Quartier Nord, Ecublens, Switzerland, by Fernando Guerra. Architect is Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés


BUILDINGS IN USE: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan by Jeremie Souteyrat. Architect is SANAA


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