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Stunning images in building photography contest

February 10, 2020 08:14 IST
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The 2019 winners of the Art of Building competition, run by the Chartered Institute of Building, have been announced.

Photographer Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra Saiz took a nighttime shot of the Hemisferic science museum in Valencia, Spain -- and the stunning result not only made the building appear to be a giant, translucent fish with glowing organs visible inside, but also won the Judges' Prize in the Art of Building Photographer of the Year contest.

Fittingly, the photo is simply titled "Fish."

Take a look at the winners from the competition.

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A nighttime shot of the Hemisferic science museum in Valencia, Spain ."Due to the reflection of the water at night, the architecture of the buildings shows us the figure of a fish." Photograph: Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra Saiz/CIOB19


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 Gocar built the house as the first example of cubist architecture in Prague, and it remains probably the most celebrated." Photograph: Debdatta Chakraborty/CIOB19

At Work

"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." Photograph: Volker Sander/CIOB19


This shot of a train station in Moscow won the competition's public choice award. The photographer said that the station, pictured, is one of the newer ones on the network and that it has been built in a 'futuristic style'. Photograph: Alexandr Bormotin/CIOB19

Colourful Mixture

Taken in Hamburg, Germany, 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. Photograph: Volker Sander/CIOB19


This dramatic shot, called Bank, was captured in London by photographer Jonathan Walland. He explained: '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'. Photograph: Jonathan Walland/CIOB19

Eiffel Bridge

This image was taken in Portugal: "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." Photograph: Jose Pessoa Neto/CIOB19


Pegova Olya shot this fascinating picture showing a building covered in a faux facade in Russia. She said: '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'. Photograph: Pegova Olya/CIOB19

Sea and Humans

This image was captured in Peru. The photographer said: 'The intervention of man in nature is not always bad. The photo shows the tranquillity of nature and a balcony from where people can appreciate it better'. Photograph: David Martin Huamani Bedoya/CIOB19

Bexhill Promenade Shelter

The promenade shelter is an elegant and appealing solution to a mundane problem. Photograph: Adam Regan/CIOB19

Muralla Roja

"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." Photograph: Agnese Sanvito/CIOB19


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. Photograph: Grzegorz Tatar/CIOB19



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