The art of buildings


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.

image copyrightAlexandr Bormotin / CIOB19
image caption"The new Moscow metro station is made in a futuristic style," said Mr Bormotin.

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

image copyrightPedro Luis Ajuriaguerra Saiz / CIOB19
image caption"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.

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

image copyrightPegova Olya / CIOB19
image captionKunststück 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."
image copyrightJose Pessoa Neto / CIOB19
image captionEiffel 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."
image copyrightVolker Sander / CIOB19
image captionColourful 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."
image copyrightAgnese Sanvito / CIOB19
image captionMuralla 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. "
image copyrightJonathan Walland / CIOB19
image captionBank 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."
image copyrightDavid Martin Huamani Bedoya / CIOB19
image captionSea 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."
image copyrightGrzegorz Tatar / CIOB19
image captionAxonometry 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."
image copyrightDebdatta Chakraborty / CIOB19
image captionSkywards 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."
image copyrightVolker Sander / CIOB19
image captionAt 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."
image copyrightAdam Regan / CIOB19
image captionBexhill 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.

All pictures courtesy of the Chartered Institute of Building.

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