Architecture

Photo contest focuses on the beauty of minimalist architecture

Photo contest focuses on the b...
We love the clean lines of this bright green building against a very blue sky
We love the clean lines of this bright green building against a very blue sky
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Mette Bruus does an excellent job of slicing the sky with different shades of warm orange
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Mette Bruus does an excellent job of slicing the sky with different shades of warm orange
Barbara Spaggiari's shot appears to be of the exterior of a factory, or similar building ... and the result looks stunning
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Barbara Spaggiari's shot appears to be of the exterior of a factory, or similar building ... and the result looks stunning
Arthur Ruiz's striking submission of roof-mounted CCTV cameras brings to mind artist Banksy's work on surveillance
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Arthur Ruiz's striking submission of roof-mounted CCTV cameras brings to mind artist Banksy's work on surveillance
Giovi G captured the vibrant yellow of this ladder and building perfectly
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Giovi G captured the vibrant yellow of this ladder and building perfectly
Winner Георгий Дорофеев (Georgij Dorofeev) was lauded for this clean image with an almost computer-generated feel to it
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Winner Георгий Дорофеев (Georgij Dorofeev) was lauded for this clean image with an almost computer-generated feel to it
Great use of contrasts and angles in this photo from By Ralf
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Great use of contrasts and angles in this photo from By Ralf
Marco Di Stefano expertly captured the front of this building
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Marco Di Stefano expertly captured the front of this building
This crisp interior photo was the work of EyeEm user Arno
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This crisp interior photo was the work of EyeEm user Arno
We love the clean lines of this bright green building against a very blue sky
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We love the clean lines of this bright green building against a very blue sky
Reinhard Krull's shot of chimneys has to rate among the competition's best, but didn't make it to the top three
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Reinhard Krull's shot of chimneys has to rate among the competition's best, but didn't make it to the top three
This photo of a bright red facade is by André Dogbey has a life all its own
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This photo of a bright red facade is by André Dogbey has a life all its own
More contrasting lines from User Ralf's for his second submission to the EyeEm Top 20
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More contrasting lines from User Ralf's for his second submission to the EyeEm Top 20
Richard Song captures the bright red hues in this closeup shot of a building
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Richard Song captures the bright red hues in this closeup shot of a building
André Dogbey captures this concrete building beautifully 
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André Dogbey captures this concrete building beautifully 
Impressive lines in André Dogbey's photograph of a concrete building
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Impressive lines in André Dogbey's photograph of a concrete building
This third-place runner-up by EyeEm user urban poetry frames the curves of a corten steel bridge
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This third-place runner-up by EyeEm user urban poetry frames the curves of a corten steel bridge
We really like raset's clean minimalist photo of a concrete building and loudspeaker against the blue sky
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We really like raset's clean minimalist photo of a concrete building and loudspeaker against the blue sky
Second place went to Patryk Kuleta for this shot of Zaha Hadid's Maxxi museum in Rome
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Second place went to Patryk Kuleta for this shot of Zaha Hadid's Maxxi museum in Rome
Another Top 20 entry from By Ralf contrasts a white building with a clear blue sky
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Another Top 20 entry from By Ralf contrasts a white building with a clear blue sky
Jeremy Walter frames the white clouds against this red building nicely
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Jeremy Walter frames the white clouds against this red building nicely

Online photography marketplace EyeEm recently held a competition to highlight the beauty of minimalism in architecture. The call was answered with some 45,000 photos, which were whittled down to these 20 standout entries.

The competition, called the Minimalist Architecture Photography Mission, was held in collaboration with We and The Color. The top three winners were chosen by German photographer Matthias Heiderich and awarded a portfolio review by him. Owing to the minimalist theme, they're of a very different style to the Art of Building and Arcaid Awards we reported on, but are of a very high standard.

First place

Winner Георгий Дорофеев (Georgij Dorofeev) was lauded for this clean image with an almost computer-generated feel to it
Winner Георгий Дорофеев (Georgij Dorofeev) was lauded for this clean image with an almost computer-generated feel to it

This shot of a building's facade by Georgij Dorofeev is the competition's winner. The judge was impressed by how clean the image is and notes it could be mistaken for a render – which is indeed true with most of these photographs.

"What I love about this kind of photography is that sometimes it's hard to tell whether I'm looking at a photograph or a computer generated image," explains Heiderich. But the subtleties make the difference. Photographs are never 100 percent clean. In this case it's the shadow that allows the viewer to guess it's indeed a photograph and not a CGI."

Second place

Second place went to Patryk Kuleta for this shot of Zaha Hadid's Maxxi museum in Rome
Second place went to Patryk Kuleta for this shot of Zaha Hadid's Maxxi museum in Rome

Second place went to Patryk Kuleta (Trynidada) for this photo of Zaha Hadid's Maxxi museum in Rome, which we covered briefly in our retrospective on the starchitect. The judge liked the way Rome's older buildings are captured in the building's reflection.

"I love that building," Heiderich enthuses. "What a great capture. Clearly the reflection and the colors make this a great architectural photograph."

Third place

This third-place runner-up by EyeEm user urban poetry frames the curves of a corten steel bridge
This third-place runner-up by EyeEm user urban poetry frames the curves of a corten steel bridge

This third-place photograph by Germany's urban poetry frames the curves of a corten steel bridge. The judge appreciated the color contrast and cloud placement.

"I can almost feel the warmth of the corten steel," remarks Heiderich. "Very good work!"

Head to the gallery to see the rest of the 20 photographs.

Source: EyeEm

1 comment
Island Architect
How very NICE! And inspiring! Brazilian quality too.