Perspectives in pictures: Heritage angles on CIOB’s ‘The Art of Building 2017’ from the BBC

Mehmet Yasa imageTwelve finalists have been chosen from this year’s ‘Art of Building’ architectural photography competition, run by the Chartered Institute of Building, as relayed by BBC News, with older and heritage places featuring strongly.

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BBC News features the following images – from abstract details to abandoned buildings:

  • Mehmet Yasa’s photograph is called ‘the eye of the tower’ due to his ingenious positioning of the staircase and bell in this tower in Verona, Italy.
  • Hanqing Qu’s image was taken at Malaysia’s National Mosque. He says: ’When the sunlight sprinkles into this building, light and shade meet each other in a dreamlike scene, it reminds me of the film called Inception.’
  • Taken at the Cultural Centre in Aviles, northern Spain, Hans Wichmann documents a young cyclist. He calls the museum ‘a successful integration of modern buildings in an old industrial site by architect Oscar Niemeyer, a place for large and small people’.
  • Francis Meslet chose to look upwards in his picture, taken in a French memorial marking the centenary of World War One.
  • Photographer Linda can Slobbe said about the bar-leduc theatre in France: ‘This historic theatre is built in a typical oval shape, with the stage on one end and multiple floors and balconies all around the rest, this one has beautiful decorations.’
  • The image by Robert Cassway is part of a larger series called ‘The Vanishing West’ about Fresno, Montana, USA. He says: ’This photo shows the ravages of time and weather on a building that was left to decay by benign neglect, after the families that lived in Fresno moved away.’
  • The St Andrew’s Cathedral Tower is a neo-Gothic building built in mid-19th Century Singapore which Andrean Hadhianto Kwee says stands ‘majestically in its surroundings, where it has still preserved its originality’.
  • ’Cemetery of the 21st Century’ is the title of Petr Starov’s image shot in Ryazan, Russia which captures the suspended construction of a shopping centre.
  • Guo Ji Hua’s image of roads in Guangdong, China, is titled Cross Bridge Waltz and was shot using a drone. He says:’The intersection of this work has an abstract line of beauty.’
  • Another photographer, Dmytro Levchuk, also chose to look upwards in this representation of bold colours and form in Dubai.
  • Hossein Younesi captures the experimental architectural forms of a modern residential building in Iran. Gautam Kamat Bambolkar says: ’Rugged textured cable pipes ran over my head at a train station in New York, creating a trance-like, frightful pattern. They ran from the edge of the entrance to an infinite end. It looked nothing less than a scary man-made cave.’

The Art of Building is run by the Chartered Institute of Building.

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