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    Gallery: the top architecture photographs of 2016

    Nicholas Rider

    An image of a historic reservoir in London's Finsbury Park has been named the best architecture photograph of the year.

    Taken by British photographer Matt Emmett, the photo of the covered reservoir (designed by the East London Waterworks Company in 1868) received the top prize at the Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards 2016 last month. 

    In its fourth year, the awards aim to highlight the expertise of specialist architectural photographers. This year there were four categories: exteriors, interiors, sense of place and buildings in use.

    d26bc115-c877-4680-9983-108395bf1748.jpgCovered Reservoir, Finsbury Park, United Kingdom (designed by East London Water Works Company) by Matt Emmett

    “The breadth of architectural photography presented to us was amazing. With their own distinctive view the photographers opened our eyes for a second time and helped us to discover things we hadn’t previously appreciated…,” says judge, architect and founder of Architektur Galerie Berlin, Ulrich Müller.

    Emmett's photograph was exhibited alongside 19 other images shortlisted for the award at this year's World Architecture Festival in Berlin. 

    Shortlisted photographs:

    BUILDINGS IN USE

    Musee de Confluences, France (designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au) by Fabrice Fouillet
    Musee-de-Confluences-1.jpg

    Allianz Headquarters, Switzerland (designed by Wiel Arets Architects) by Adrien Barakat
    Allianz-Headquarters.jpg

    Independance Square, Ghana by Julien Lanoo
    Independance-Square.jpg

    ‘Forest of Light’ for COS, Salone del Mobile, Italy (designed by Sou Fujimoto Architects) by Laurian Ghinitoiu
    Forest-of-Light-for-COS.jpg

    Dharavi, India by Torsten Andreas Hoffman
    Dharavi.jpg

    EXTERIORS

    Shanghai Tower, China (designed by Gensler/Marshall Strabala) by Nick Almasy
    Shanghai-Tower.jpg

    SESC Pompeia, Brazil (designed by Lina Bo Bardi) by Inigo Bujedo Aguirre
    SESC-Pompeia-1.jpg

    Lattice House, India (designed by sP+A Architects) by Edmund Sumner
    Lattice-House.jpg

    Vitra Shaudepot, Germany (designed by Herzog & de Meuron) by Julien Lanoo
    Vitra-Shaudepot.jpg

    Olympic Stadium, Finland (designed by Yrjo Lindegren and Toivo Jantti) by Sebastian Weiss
    Olympic-Stadium.jpg

    INTERIORS

    Jesus Church, Spain (designed by Rafael Moneo) by Fabrice Fouillet
    Jesus-Church-1.jpg

    Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, United Kingdom (designed by Selgascano) by James Newton
    Serpentine-Gallery-Pavilion.jpg

    Interior and portrait of Derry Road Resident on the Queen’s Birthday (designed by Bell Phillips Architects) by Killian O’Sullivan
    Interior-and-portrait-of-Derry-Road-Resident-on-the-Queen-s-Birthday.jpg

    Helical Staircase in Workshop, United Kingdom (designed by Finkernagel Ross Architects) by Will Scott
    Helical-Staircase-in-Workshop.jpg

    SENSE OF PLACE

    Baku National Stadium, Azerbaijan (designed by Rossetti with Heerim Architects) by Victor Romero
    Baku-National-Stadium.jpg

    Hygge House Warming Hut, Canada (designed by Plain Projects, Pike Projects, Urbanink) by Paul Turang
    Hygge-House-Warming-Hut.jpg

    Blok 23, Novi Beograd, Serbia (designed by Aleksandar Stjepanovic) by Inigo Bujedo Aguirre
    Blok-23.jpg

    The stage for Haduwa Arts & Culture Institute, Ghana (designed by [a]FA [applied] foreign affairs) by Julien Lanoo
    The-stage-for-Haduwa-Arts-Culture-Institute.jpg

    Bruder Klaus Field Chapel, Germany (designed by Peter Zumthor) by Mark Wohlrab
    Bruder-Klaus-Field-Chapel.jpg

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