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'Covered Reservoir', 
beneath Finsbury Park, London, by East London Water Works Company, built in 1868 | © Matt Emmett
'Covered Reservoir', beneath Finsbury Park, London, by East London Water Works Company, built in 1868 | © Matt Emmett
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The Best Architectural Photo In The World Is Of A London Reservoir

Picture of Charlotte Luxford
Home & Design Editor
Updated: 29 November 2016
A captivating shot of an unassuming brick reservoir in London’s Finsbury Park was voted the best architecture photograph of the year during Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards 2016, part of the World Architecture Festival held in Berlin.

British photographer Matt Emmett, who specialises in capturing scenes of derelict and historical architecture, won the hearts of the judges with his depiction of the East London Waterworks Company’s 19th-century covered reservoir. This is the first time in the award’s four-year history that a photograph of a historic building has been given the prize.

 

'Covered Reservoir', beneath Finsbury Park, London, by East London Water Works Company, built in 1868 | © Matt Emmett

Covered reservoir beneath Finsbury Park, London, by East London Water Works Company | © Matt Emmett

 

Judge Ulrich Müller, Architect and Director at Architektur Galerie Berlin, said: “The breadth of the architectural photography presented to us was amazing. With their own distinctive view, the photographers opened our eyes for a second time and helped us to discover things we hadn’t previously appreciated. I found this extremely enriching.”

 

Musee de Confluences by Coop Himmelb(l)au, Lyon, France | © Fabrice Fouillet

Musee de Confluences by Coop Himmelb(l)au, Lyon, France | © Fabrice Fouillet

 

This year, the awards were split into four categories: ‘Exteriors’, ‘Interiors’, ‘Sense of Place’ and ‘Buildings in Use’. Here are some of the highlights of shots taken from talented architectural photographers across the globe.

 

Haduwa by aFA architects in Accra, Ghana | © Julien Lanoo

Haduwa by aFA architects in Accra, Ghana | © Julien Lanoo

 

Baku National Stadium by Heerim Architects in collaboration with Rossetti, Azerbaijan | © Victor Romero

Baku National Stadium by Heerim Architects in collaboration with Rossetti, Azerbaijan | © Victor Romero

 

Hygge House Warming Hut by Plain Projects, Pike Projects and Urbanink in Winnipeg, Canada | © Paul Turang

Hygge House Warming Hut by Plain Projects, Pike Projects and Urbanink, Winnipeg, Canada | © Paul Turang

 

Bruder Klaus Field Chapel by Peter Zumthor, Mechernich-Wachendorf, Germany | © Mark Wohlrab

Bruder Klaus Field Chapel by Peter Zumthor, Mechernich-Wachendorf, Germany | © Mark Wohlrab

 

Allianz headquarters by Wiel Arets, Zurich, Switzerland | © Adrien Barakat

Allianz headquarters by Wiel Arets, Zurich, Switzerland | © Adrien Barakat

 

Independence square, Accra, Ghana | © Julien Lanoo

Independence Square, Accra, Ghana | © Julien Lanoo

 

Dharavi, Mumbai, India, architect unknown | © Torsten Andreas Hoffmann

Dharavi, Mumbai, India, architect unknown | © Torsten Andreas Hoffmann

 

Vitra Shaudepot by Herzog & de Meuron, Weil am Rhein, Germany | © Julien Lanoo

Vitra Shaudepot by Herzog & de Meuron, Weil am Rhein, Germany | © Julien Lanoo

 

Shanghai Tower by Gensler/Marshall Strabala, Shanghai, China | © Nick Almasy

Shanghai Tower by Gensler/Marshall Strabala, Shanghai, China | © Nick Almasy

 

Jesus Church by Rafael Moneo, San Sebastian, Spain | © Fabrice Fouillet

Jesus Church by Rafael Moneo, San Sebastian, Spain | © Fabrice Fouillet

 

The winning image, alongside the other shortlisted entries, will feature in an exhibition entitled Building Images at Sto Werkstatt, London during February 2017. The images will also feature in an exhibition at Architektur Galerie in Berlin, during March 2017.

 

See the rest of the shortlisted images here. Which do you think deserved to win? Write your comments below.