From spiraling interiors and stairwells, to an abandoned home in Montana, to a dream-like scene inside a mosque in Kuala Lumpur, the Art of Building image finalists represent a diverse depiction of the built environment.
Pooled from thousands of both professional and amateur entries from around the world, and voted on by photography fans, here are the most stunning architectural images from 2017.
Taken in Verona, Italy. Photographer’s comment: “The staircase and the bell looks like an eye. Architecture can fascinate us in many ways.”
Taken at Malaysia’s National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur. Photographer’s comment: “When the sun light sprinkles into this building, light and shade meet each other into a dream-like scene. It reminds me of the movie Inception.”
Taken in Dubai, UAE. Photographer’s comment: “New architectural concept forms in modern residential building. A sky view through floors from lobby.”
Taken in New York, USA. Photographer’s comment: “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.”
Taken in Ryazan, Russia. Photographer’s comment: “The Image was shot in Russia, in summer 2010. The photo reveals the suspended construction of shopping centre.”
Taken in Singapore. Photographer’s comment: “The Neo-Gothic Style Building that was once subsequently demolished, rebuilt and completed in 1861. This Cathedral now stands majestically in its surroundings in Singapore. Where it has still preserved its originality.”
Taken in Guangdong, China. Photographer’s comment: “This work uses unmanned aerial vehicles, because the intersection of this work has an abstract line of beauty.”
Taken in Iran. Photographer’s comment: “A special look at architecture, by defining the move to God Conceptual. The conception of architecture for man and his purpose.”
Taken in Montana, USA. Photographer’s comment: “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. It is part a larger series of photographs titled The Vanishing West.”
Taken in Bar-le-Duc, France. Photographer’s comment: “This historic theatre is built in a typical oval shape that has the stage on one end and multiple floors and balconies all around the rest. This one has beautiful decorations.”
Taken in Aviles, Spain. Photographer’s comment: “The photo shows the Cultural Centre of Aviles in Northern Spain. It is a successful integration of modern buildings in an old industrial site by architect Oscar Niemeyer. A place for large and small people.”
Taken in France. Photographer’s comment: “This picture was taken in a well-known French memorial for the centenary of the First World War. You can see the other side of this memorial looking up over your head. Another point of view.”
Want to cast your vote for the winner? Public voting is now open here and closes on January 8, 2018. The Art of Building 2017 winner will be announced on January 30, 2018.