In pictures: The Art of Building 2016


The 15 finalists of this year's Art of Building architectural photography competition have been selected from thousands of entries. Here we present the photos along with a comment from each photographer.

image copyrightRoman Robroek
image captionRoman Robroek: "This beautiful control room is one of a kind and built in a beautiful Art Deco style."
image copyrightJonathan Walland
image captionJonathan Walland: "This is part of a series of photographs demonstrating how the absence of light can be used to divert the attention of the observer towards what the photographer intended to highlight."
image copyrightSenad Tahmaz
image captionSenad Tahmaz: "Unusual, minimalistic view of the architecture detail."
image copyrightMichele Palazzo
image captionMichele Palazzo: "New York City's iconic Flatiron building emerges from the blizzard, like the bow of a giant ship ploughing through the wind and the snow. Taken during the historic coastal storm, Jonas, on 23 January 2016, the photograph went viral during the aftermath of the storm."
image copyrightDerek Snee
image captionDerek Snee: "Imagine if we could use plants to harvest wind. Well, now we can. Ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys... the Turbo Dandelion Wind Farm."
image copyrightBarbara Rossi
image captionBarbara Rossi: "I took this photo of deconstruction - it shows transformation, action and beauty."
image copyrightOleksandr Nesterovskyi
image captionOleksandr Nesterovskyi: "The photo shows the combination of nature and architecture, the harmony in the combination of a titanium arch and a tree."
image copyrightJames Tarry
image captionJames Tarry: "This series is about looking past imperfections and 'incorrect' architectural photography techniques. The expired Kodak Ektachrome was developed in the 'wrong' chemicals to produce these big slabs of often other-worldly colour. These are flawed and hopefully challenging, just like some of the buildings themselves."
image copyrightOleg Dashkov
image captionOleg Dashkov: "Riga's Tower Counter keeps his records during any season, rain or shine, wet or fine. Is he distracted by the beauty of the cable bridge, I wonder?"
image copyrightBulent Suberk
image captionBulent Suberk: "Modern architecture as a non-traditional mosque."
image copyrightShibasish Saha
image captionShibasish Saha: "In this frame, men and women are working very hard to feed their individual families. Women forget their pain and work alongside the men in a brick field."
image copyrightMarco Grassi
image captionMarco Grassi: "Since June 2016, everything has changed in Larung Gar, but almost nobody knows. What before was the largest Buddhist settlement in the world, a remote place out of the modern society where nuns and monks led a passive life, is now being demolished by Chinese authorities."
image copyrightGina Soden
image captionGina Soden: "A fine example of Moorish architecture - but in a castle in Italy. These rooms were all hand designed and painted by one man who had a vision to build this beautiful castle and open it as a hotel."
image copyrightNaf Selmani
image captionNaf Selmani: "The Hive - Kew Gardens - a spectacular new bee-inspired sculpture seen from below, as one of the visitors lays on the top glass floor to pose for pictures. This multi-sensory experience integrates art, science and landscape architecture."
image copyrightEnrique Gimenez-Velilla
image captionEnrique Gimenez-Velilla: "This photo seeks to pay homage to all the clever unknown workers that still build and maintain built infrastructure in the developing world."

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