In pictures: The Art of Building 2017


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.

image copyrightMEHMET YASA
image captionMehmet 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.
image copyrightHanqing Qu
image captionHanqing 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."
image copyrightHans Wichmann
image captionTaken 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".
image copyrightFRANCIS MESLET
image captionFrancis Meslet chose to look upwards in this picture, taken in a French memorial marking the centenary of World War One.
image copyrightLinda van Slobbe
image caption"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."
image copyrightRobert Cassway
image captionThis 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.
image copyrightAndrean Hadhianto Kwee
image captionThe 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".
image copyrightPetr Starov
image captionCemetery 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.
image copyrightGuo Ji Hua
image captionGuo 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.
image copyrightDmytro Levchuk
image captionAnother photographer, Dmytro Levchuk, also chose to look upwards in this representation of bold colours and form in Dubai.
image copyrightHossein Younesi
image captionHossein Younesi captures the experimental architectural forms of this modern residential building in Iran.
image copyrightGautam Kamat Bambolkar
image caption"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."

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