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Heygate Estate by Simon Kennedy, winner of the Architecture and Place category 2011

Heygate Estate by Simon Kennedy, winner of the Architecture and Place category 2011

I’m excited to be on the judging panel for the 4th Architect’s Eye photography competition, now open for entries. Open to UK architects & part II students.
Closing date for entries is Tuesday 30th April.

Organized by International Art Consultants and supported by The Royal Photographic Society, the Architect’s Eye competition has been celebrating and encouraging architects’ passion for photography since 2007. Now, in its fourth edition, UK architects are challenged to submit photos into two distinct categories: Architecture and Place and Architecture and People. The former focuses solely on the aesthetics of the architecture and places it creates, while the latter explores and celebrates the interaction of people with the environments created by architects. There are no restrictions on which buildings qualify for the competition.

The winner in each category will receive a weekend break for two anywhere in the EU. There will also be Special Commendation prizes awarded at the judges’ discretion.

The finalist and winning works will be showcased in an exhibition at Roca London Gallery coinciding with the start of the London Festival of Architecture 2013.

This year the Architect’s Eye Judging Panel is chaired by leading architect Simon Allford, Director at Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Alongside Allford, the prestigious judging panel will be composed of renowed architect Keith Priest (Fletcher Priest Architects), noted architectural photographers Quintin Lake and George Kavanagh, Martine Hamilton Knight (The Royal Photographic Society) and Dr Irena Murray (Sir Banister Fletcher Director, British Architectural Library, RIBA).

More information here!

For more, check out which images were awarded top honors in last year’s competition

Park Plaza Hotel coloured glass facade, Westminster Bridge, London

Park Plaza Hotel coloured glass facade, Westminster Bridge London

Westminster Park Plaza Hotel is another colourful addition to the urban fabric of London. Built 2010, Architect: BUJ architects.

Detail of apartments at 171 Tower Bridge Road, Southwark, London

Detail of apartments at 171 Tower Bridge Road, Southwark, London.

Detail of apartments at 171 Tower Bridge Road, Southwark, London

Clad in brightly coloured horizontal bands of corrugated aluminium, the building is intended to emulate the red and white streaks of the surrounding traffic flows caught on a long-exposure camera shot. The building’s rounded corners reduce its visual bulk and also reflect the constant movement around its base. Built 2006. Architect: Glas Architects. Structural Engineers: Barton Engineers

Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre yellow, red and orange glass facade detail, London.

The colour intensity changes depending on the angle of light hitting the glass cladding

Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre facade. Architect: Haworth Tompkins. Artist Collaborator: Antoni Malinowski

I’m all for the tasteful use of vibrant colour in London’s new buildings and Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre is a great example. Built: 2007. Architect: Haworth Tompkins. Artist Collaborator: Antoni Malinowski

Battersea power station viewed from the north bank of the Thames at dusk. July 2012

One of my favourite buildings in London – I wonder what the future holds for her? Battersea power station viewed from the north bank of the Thames at dusk. Built: 1933-55 Decommissioned: 1983.  Architect: Sir Giles Gilbert Scott (designer of the red telephone box).

Facade detail of Blue Fin Building also known as Bankside 1, London

Blue Fin Building facade detail

Graduated tone of the Blue Fin Building facade, London

The Blue Fin Building also known as Bankside 1, London takes its name from the 2,000 vertical fins on it of varying blue colours to provide solar shading for the offices within. Built: 2008. Architect: Allies and Morrison

Aluminium tiles and round windows of Ravensbourne College catch the evening sun.

Facade showing different sized windows created with only three tile types.

Corner detail of tiling on Ravensbourne College by Foreign Office Architects

Detail of the tessellating pattern of three tile shapes

The cladding appearance changes dramatically according to the prevailing light strength

The facade of Ravensbourne College, London is created by an interesting system of tessellation geometries which allows the creation of seven different types and diameter of windows out of only three different tiles. The pattern is so unique it has now been patented to protect its use. The building was designed by Alejandro Zaero-Polo and Farshid Moussavi of Foreign Office Architects in 2010.

Interior of Octagonal Pavilion Tomb of the Sheikh Abdolsamad, Natanz, Iran.

Detail view of khanqah portal; muqarnas semi-dome, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Samad Mosque, Natanz, Iran.

Portal of Abd-al-Samad-tomb

Facade of Shaykh ‘Abd al-Samad Mosque

Detail of mosaic tiling

Natanz gets in the news as the location of Iran’s nuclear facility but much more interesting is the beautiful Abdolsamad Tomb & Mosque. This is a large funerary complex which has grown up organically around the tomb of Abd al-Samad, a follower of the famous Sufi saint Abu Said who died in 1049. The central feature of the site is the octagonal tomb around which is built a four-iwan congregational mosque dated to 1309. Internally the tomb is a cruciform chamber which is converted to an octagon at roof level. The roof is a blue-tiled octagonal pyramid dome outside and internally comprises a tall muqarnas vault.

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