CIOB announce finalists in The Art of Building 2016 architectural photo competition

  • 15 Dec 2016

howardchapmanHoward Chapman, Buildingtalk Editor, takes a look at the 15 amazing architectural photos chosen for the final of this year’s The Art of Building architectural photography competition organised by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

CIOB: The Art of Building

fullscreen-capture-15122016-072408The Art of Building competition, organised by the CIOB, was open to professional and amateur photographers. The finalists were selected from thousands of entries and the public vote will begin later today.

15 amazing images were chosen for the final. They celebrate creativity in architecture and the people who work in the industry. These beautiful photos demonstrate the impact their work has had on the built environment.

Below are the 15 images beginning with a comment from each photographer.

Vote for the 2016 Winner

The public vote closes on the 23rd January and the winner will be announced on 7 February 2017.

You can vote for the winner via this link.


Roman Robroek

“This beautiful control room is one of a kind and built in a beautiful Art Deco style.”


Jonathan 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.”


Senad Tahmaz

“Unusual, minimalistic view of the architecture detail.”


Michele 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.”


Deek 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.”


Barbara Rossi

“I took this photo of deconstruction – it shows transformation, action and beauty.”


Oleksandr Nesterovskyi

“The photo shows the combination of nature and architecture, the harmony in the combination of a titanium arch and a tree.”


James 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.”


Oleg 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?”


Bulent Suberk

“Modern architecture as a non-traditional mosque.”


Shibasish 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.”


Marco 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.”


Gina 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.”


Naf 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.”


Enrique 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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