These are the World Architectural Award’s favourite photos of 2017

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These are the World Architectural Award’s favourite photos of 2017

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10 November 2017

By | 10 November 2017

These stunning photographs of architectural wonders made it to the shortlist for the annual World Architecture Festival in Berlin

It is no surprise Johann Wolfgang von Goethe called architecture frozen music. The craft belongs to the highest of visual arts that creates one of the bases of our civilisation.

Stock picture service Arcaid Images has revealed the shortlist of photographs  selected for their annual Architectural Photography Awards. The photos will be exhibited at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin from 15 to 17 November.

A jury of designers, photographers and journalists selected the pictures out of hundreds of entries and placed them in four different categories – Exterior, Interior, Sense of Place, and Building in Use.

The pictures capture architectural masterpieces from around the globe. A university in Hangzhou, a museum in Denmark, a velodrome in the UK, or Samsung’s headquarters in San Jose – they are all there.

“More than just informing people about the existence of such places, the best photos go beyond that and entice people to learn more about the buildings, cities, and landscapes – maybe even booking a flight to see them firsthand. That feeling hit me on numerous occasions,” said John Hill, Editor of the World-Architects eMagazine and Awards judge.

The winner of the award will be announced during the Gala Dinner on Friday 17 November.

 

Photographer Terrence Zhang took this picture at the Folk Art Museum which is part of the China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, by Kengo Kuma — Terrence Zhang/APA/Sto architecture award Group Created with Sketch. Photographer Terrence Zhang took this picture at the Folk Art Museum, part of the China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, by Kengo Kuma — Terrence Zhang/APA/Sto

The Derby Arena Velodrome in the UK created by FaulknerBrowns was snapped by Martine Hamilton Knight — Martine Hamilton Knight/APA/Sto architecture award Group Created with Sketch. The Derby Arena Velodrome in the UK created by FaulknerBrowns was snapped by Martine Hamilton Knight — Martine Hamilton Knight/APA/Sto

Tom Stahl's photo of the Black Rock Lighthouse Service in the Nevada ​D​esert, USA created by Jonny and Max Poynton — Tom Stahl/APA/Sto architecture award Group Created with Sketch. Tom Stahl’s photo of the Black Rock Lighthouse Service in the Nevada Desert, USA, created by Jonny and Max Poynton — Tom Stahl/APA/Sto

Another picture from Chinese photographer Terrence Zhang from China with the Swimming Pool, New Campus of Tianjin University, China by Atelier Li Xinggang — Terrence Zhang/APA/Sto architecture award Group Created with Sketch. Another picture from Chinese photographer Terrence Zhang from China with the Swimming Pool, New Campus of Tianjin University, China by Atelier Li Xinggang — Terrence Zhang/APA/Sto

Siyuan Ma from Singapore Selegie House in Singapore by the Housing and Development Board, Singapore — Siyuan Ma/APA/Sto  award architecture Group Created with Sketch. Siyuan Ma’s shot of the Singapore Selegie House by the Housing and Development Board, Singapore — Siyuan Ma/APA/Sto

The image of ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Museum, Aarhus, Denmark by ​​Schmidt ​H​ammer was taken by David Borland from London— David Borland/APA/Sto  award architecture Group Created with Sketch. The image of ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Museum, Aarhus, Denmark, by Schmidt Hammer was taken by David Borland from London— David Borland/APA/Sto

David Crawford from California, USA snapped the Samsung Electronics HQ building in San Jose, California by NBBJ —David Crawford/APA/Sto award architecture Group Created with Sketch. David Crawford from California, USA snapped the NBBJ designed Samsung Electronics HQ building in San Jose, California —David Crawford/APA/Sto

Wison Tungthunya from Bangkok took a picture of a hotel in Ayutthaya, Thailand by Onion— Wison Tungthunya/APA/Sto  award architecture Group Created with Sketch. Wison Tungthunya from Bangkok took a picture of a hotel in Ayutthaya, Thailand, which was designed by Onion — Wison Tungthunya/APA/Sto

Adam Letch from Cape Town, South Africa with his image of a recently completed chapel built on Bosjes farm in Ceres, Cape Town by Steyn Studio — Adam Letch/APA/Sto award architecture Group Created with Sketch. Adam Letch from Cape Town, South Africa, with his image of a recently completed chapel built on Bosjes farm in Ceres, Cape Town by Steyn Studio — Adam Letch/APA/Sto

Zhenfei Wang from Beijing, China and the image of the Tianrenhe Museum, Hangzhou, China by HHDFUN — Zhenfei Wang/APA/Sto  award architecture Group Created with Sketch. Zhenfei Wang from Beijing, China and the image of the Tianrenhe Museum, Hangzhou, China by HHDFUN — Zhenfei Wang/APA/Sto

Fabio Mantovani from Bologna in Italy entered his image of the Main Square of Choi Hung Estate, Hong Kong by the Hong Kong Housing Authority — Fabio Mantovani/APA/Sto  award architecture Group Created with Sketch. Fabio Mantovani from Bologna in Italy entered his image of the Main Square of Choi Hung Estate, Hong Kong by the Hong Kong Housing Authority — Fabio Mantovani/APA/Sto

Terrence Zhang for the third time with his image of the Gymnasium of the New Campus of Tianjin University, China by Atelier Li Xinggang — Terrence Zhang/APA/Sto award architecture Group Created with Sketch. Terrence Zhang for the third time with his image of the Gymnasium of the New Campus of Tianjin University, China by Atelier Li Xinggang — Terrence Zhang/APA/Sto

Tom Roe from the Isle of Wight, UK with his image of the Messner Mountain Museum Corones, Bolzano, South Tyrol in Italy by Zaha Hadid Architects — Tom Roe/APA/Sto  architecture award Group Created with Sketch. Tom Roe from the Isle of Wight, UK with his image of the Messner Mountain Museum Corones, Bolzano, South Tyrol in Italy by Zaha Hadid Architects — Tom Roe/APA/Sto

Wison Tungthunya with the image of Baan Moom, a private residence in Bangkok, Thailand by Integrated — Field Wison Tungthunya/APA/Sto Group Created with Sketch. Wison Tungthunya with the image of Baan Moom, a private residence in Bangkok, Thailand by Integrated — Field Wison Tungthunya/APA/Sto

Yao Li from China took a picture of-o​​Dongzhuang-Building Museum of the Western Regions, China by Xinjiang Wind Architectural Design & Research Institute — Yao Li/APA/Sto Group Created with Sketch. Yao Li from China took a picture of-o Dongzhuang-Building Museum of the Western Regions, China by Xinjiang Wind Architectural Design & Research Institute — Yao Li/APA/Sto

Laurian Ghinitoiu with his image of the Sumida Hokusai Museum in Tokyo, Japan by Kazuyo Sejima — Laurian Ghinitoiu/APA/Sto award architecture Group Created with Sketch. Laurian Ghinitoiu with his image of the Sumida Hokusai Museum in Tokyo, Japan by Kazuyo Sejima — Laurian Ghinitoiu/APA/Sto

Conchi Martínez from Spain entered the image of the Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle, USA by Frank Gehry, together with the monorail constructed by Alweg, in Seattle, USA — Conchi Martínez/APA/Sto award architecture Group Created with Sketch. Conchi Martínez from Spain entered the image of the Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle, USA by Frank Gehry, together with the monorail constructed by Alweg, in Seattle, USA — Conchi Martínez/APA/Sto

Another picture from Tom Stahl, this time of an office building in Beijing, China — Tom Stahl/APA/Sto  award architecture Group Created with Sketch. Another picture from Tom Stahl, this time of an office building in Beijing, China — Tom Stahl/APA/Sto

Brian Rose from Brooklyn, New York with his image of the north wall of the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA by Arquitectonica —  Brian Rose/APA/Sto award architecture Group Created with Sketch. Brian Rose from Brooklyn, New York with his image of the north wall of the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA by Arquitectonica — Brian Rose/APA/Sto

Ryan Koopmans from Amsterdam in the Netherlands snapped the Ponte City Apartments in Johannesburg, South Africa by architect Manfred Hermer — Ryan Koopmans/APA/Sto award architecture Group Created with Sketch. Ryan Koopmans from Amsterdam in the Netherlands snapped the Ponte City Apartments in Johannesburg, South Africa by architect Manfred Hermer — Ryan Koopmans/APA/Sto