Architectural Photography Awards winner 2017: Terrence Zhang. Project: Swimming Pool, New Campus Tianjin University, China by Atelier Li Xinggang
Architectural Photography Awards winner 2017: Terrence Zhang. Project: Swimming Pool, New Campus Tianjin University, China by Atelier Li Xinggang

A snap of sunlight streaming through the windows of a vaulted swimming pool has been picked as the best architectural photograph of 2017.

Shanghai-based photographer Terrence Zhang was named as overall winner of Arcaid Images Architectural Photograph Awards for his atmospheric shot of the Tianjin University’s swimming pool, designed by Chinese practice Atelier Li Xinggang.

The photograph captures the soaring concrete arches of the pool’s ceiling, as well as dramatic shadow-play created by its elliptical window openings.

Says Zhang: ‘I had shot many photos around the swimming pool and found the optimum spot to shoot from in order see the light spraying through the windows. It was a magic moment’.

Architectural Photography Awards runner up 2017: Adam Letch. Project: A recently completed chapel built on Bosses farm in Ceres, Cape Town by Steyn Studio
Architectural Photography Awards runner up 2017: Adam Letch. Project: A recently completed chapel built on Bosses farm in Ceres, Cape Town by Steyn Studio

Zhang’s photograph beat out 19 other shortlisted images, including shots of Zaha Hadid’s Messner Mountain Museum, and a Cape Town chapel with a rippled roof (above). Another photograph by Zhang of the university’s gymnasium also made the shortlist.

Shortlisted images for the prize were displayed during the World Architecture Festival 2017 in Berlin last week. The public will get another chance to see them when they go on display at Sto Werkstatt’s London space from 9 February 2018.

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