If architecture is a unique and exceptional art form, it is the same for architectural photography. Indeed, through the photographer's eye, forms and spaces that make up architectural projects are enhanced and magnified, creating a different perspective for the viewer. It is so much more than just standing in front of a building and clicking a button: it takes years of experience and sometimes weeks (or even months) of preparation to take one good photo. A photographer must not only find the perfect angle, but also the time of day and weather for aesthetic appeal. On top of this, they must consider the depth of field, the aperture, access to natural lighting to highlight the lines, surfaces and intricacies that make up the building and its context.
So today, we have collected a series of stunning photographs, created by our photography experts homify, that depict architectural projects around the globe, from Montreal to Berlin via Valencia. Enjoy!
We begin this mini-atlas of architectural photography in the heart of the French North America, in Montreal. The Palais des congrès de Montreal was created by Quebec architect Victor Prus in collaboration with landscape architect, and internationally renowned, Claude Cormierfor interiors, and architect Hal Ingberg. Also, the pair of French photographers V & V Photography knew the perfect time of day to capture the surreal photo you see; created when sunlight passes through the spectrum of colours in the walls.
It was in 1992 that the English architect Norman Foster won the competition for the rehabilitation of the Reichstag, soon to become the Bundestag, the parliamentary assembly for the German government. So he decided to design an impressive glass dome just above the assembled chamber where once sat the old dome which was destroyed during the fire of 1933. This space of glass and mirrors, public accessibility is a symbol of the reunification of Germany and the transparency of the government towards the German people. In this dizzying photography, Grégory Tachet has managed to highlight the geometric rhythm of the dome structure.
French photographer Franck Minieri is the Swiss Army knife of photography: not only documenting weddings and special events, but also specialises in portraits, food photography and, of course, architectural photography. In the example shown, he designed a heavenly scene that we would all dream of. The angle of photography, running between main turn of the build, gives the house an imposing appearance. The golden light that illuminates the white ivory facade, is contrasted by the bright blue of the pool and the deep, cloudless sky.
The stars of Swiss and international architecture, Herzog & De Meuron, completed, in 2013, the Messe Basel: a public building which hosts international conferences, major events and exhibitions. One of the most fascinating features of this building is certainly the gigantic contemporary oculus that pierces the building in the centre, and creates an urban public space of utmost magnificence. The reliefs carved on the surface of this amazing architectural gesture is highlighted by the work of light sensitive German photographer Karin Mertens. This shot in black and white makes it possible to see the attention given to textures and materials by the architects in this masterpiece contemporary work.
Shapes and colours are featured in this night photography of the main building of the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia, taken by the German photographer Philip Gunkel. The project, designed by star architect and contemporary engineer, Santiago Calatrava, has furthered the appeal of the strong lines and almost extraterrestrial volumes that make up this complex cultural building. Here, thanks to this photograph taken at a time that photographers call the
magic hour, which is that moment just before sunset when the light changes from golden to bluish white rose, reinforces the supernatural effect of this unique architecture. In addition, the angle of viewing, at the horizon, raises awareness of the monumental scale of the building, while creating a symmetrical effect with the reflection in the water.
That completes our overview of architectural photography. We hope you enjoyed the talent behind the design of these heads of visual work. Also be aware that their work is not limited only to projects of architects: you can use their service in collaboration with the work of an expert in home staging, to take pictures that will help with the sale or lease your home.