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The 20 best architecture photographs of the year

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Get ready for the Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards 2016

Photographing buildings, interiors, or any built environment is no easy task—as anyone who’s struggled to snap an artful architecture Instagram will know—so it’s best left to the pros to create images that do more than document buildings. Because when they do, the results can be electrifying, moving, and downright beautiful.

And to have the 20 best photographs of the year, all in one place? A true feast for the eyes, thanks to Arcaid Images’s annual Architectural Photography Awards. Each of the shortlisted images will be exhibited at the World Architecture Fair in November, with the winner to be announced at the gala dinner.

The shortlist is divided into four categories: Buildings in Use, Exteriors, Interiors, and Sense of Place. Take a look below, and let us know your favorites in the comments section.

Buildings in Use

↑ Independence Square in Accra, Ghana by Julien Lanoo

↑ Sou Fujimoto Forest of Light installation by Sou Fujimoto by Laurian Ghinitoiu

↑ Dharavi slum in Mumbai, India by Torsten Andreas Hoffmann

↑ Coop Himmelb(l)au's Musee de Confluences in Lyon, France by Fabrice Fouillet

↑ Wiel Arets Architects’ Allianz Headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland by Adrien Barakat


↑ sP+A Architects’ Lattice House in Kashmir, India by Edmund Sumner

↑ Lina Bo Bardi's SESC Pompeia in São Paolo, Brazil by Inigo Bujedo Aguirre

↑ Herzog & de Meuron's Vitra Shaudepot in Weil am Rhein, Germany by Julien Lanoo

↑ Gensler’s Shanghai Tower in Shanghai, China by Nick Almasy

↑ Yrjo Lindegren and Toivo Jantti’s Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland by Sebastian Weiss


↑ Rafael Moneo’s Jesus Church in San Sebastian, Spain by Fabrice Fouilliet

↑ SelgasCano's 2015 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London, United Kingdom by James Newton

↑ Bell Phillips-designed home, by Kilian O'Sullivan

↑ East London Waterworks Company-designed Covered Reservoir in Finsbury Park, London by Matt Emmett

↑ Making a helical staircase designed by Finkernagel Ross Architects inside a workshop Littlehampton, England by Will Scott

Sense of Place

↑ Plain Projects, Pike Projects, and Urbanink-designed warming pavilion in Winnipeg, Canada by Paul Turang

↑ Aleksandar Stjepanovic-designed housing estate in Serbia by Inigo Bujedo Aguirre

↑ [a]FA [applied] Foreign Affairs-designed latticed bamboo arch of the Haduwa Arts & Culture Institute in Ghana by Julien Lanoo

↑ Peter Zumthor's Bruder Klaus Field Chapel in Mechernich-Wachendorf by Mark Wohlrab

↑ Rossetti and Heerim Architects’ Baku National Stadium by Victor Romero

Via: Dezeen