The right angle: Architectural Photography Awards 

Picture perfect representations of some of the world’s most impressive buildings are celebrated in the Architectural Photography Awards 2019 

4 February 2020

Generali Tower, Milan by Marco Tagliarino 

Shortlisted in the Exterior category 

Following his win in the Sense of Place category at the Architectural Photography Awards 2018, Marco Tagliarino was shortlisted this year for his shot of Generali Tower, the 170m Italian skyscraper which has loomed over Milan since 2017. The 44-storey building was designed by architectural legend Zaha Hadid. 

Generali Tower, Milan, Italy by Zaha Hadid shot by Marco Tagliarino 

The Twist Museum, Norway by Laurian Ghinitoiu 

Overall winner and winner of the Exterior category 

As well as being the winner of the Social Housing, Exterior and Buildings in Use categories, Romanian architectural photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu is the overall winner of the 2019 competition. Ghinitoiu has described his photograph of The Twist Museum, which won him his first-place title, as being simultaneously abstract and descriptive. The Bjarke Ingels-designed structure, which is a multi-functioning bridge and exhibition space, is built from glass and aluminium panels and appears to be spiralling across Norway’s Randselva river. 

The Twist Museum, Kistefos Sculpture Park, Jevnaker, Norway, by Bjarke Ingels Group, shot by Laurian Ghinitoiu 

Grundtvig's Church, Copenhagen by Joris Hoogstede

Shortlisted in the Interior category 

Joris Hoogstede is an architect by trade with a passion for photography. This shot of Peder Jensen-Klint’s Grundtvig’s Church earned him a place on the Interior category shortlist. Often referred to as a gothic cathedral, the church was captured by Hoogstede during a summer trip to Copenhagen with his partner.   

Grundtvig's Church, Copenhagen, Denmark by Peder Jensen-Klint, shot by Joris Hoogstede 

Victoria & Albert Museum, London by Thomas Knowles 

Shortlisted in the Interior category 

Using the reflection in a glass case, Thomas Knowles creates an optical illusion with this image of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s main hall, turning the historic interior into a mind-bending, futuristic space. As the diverse cultures of the UK’s metropolitan areas are common sources of inspiration for Knowles, it is entirely appropriate that the capital’s art and design hub is the subject of this monochromatic image. 

Reflection of the main hall in a glass case at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, shot by Thomas Knowles 

China Resources HQ, Shenzhen by Su Zhewei 

Shortlisted in the Exterior category 

The top of China Resources HQ is the focus of this photograph by Su Zhewei. Reaching heights of almost 400m, the building, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, is the third tallest in Shenzhen and was completed in 2019. Focusing on the steel columns which intersect diagonally to form a diagrid pattern at the top of the tower, the image acknowledges the pointed shape of the building, which was inspired by winter bamboo shoots. 

China Resources HQ, Shenzhen, China by Kohn Pedersen Fox, shot by Su Zhewei