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Victoria Gate Leeds
       
     
City of London Information Centre
       
     
20 Fenchurch Street Ventilation Shaft
       
     
CITY OF LONDON INFORMATION CENTRE
       
     
Broadgate
       
     
Barbican Tower
       
     
Charlotte Building
       
     
Central Square Leeds
       
     
Canada Water Library
       
     
10 Upper Bank Street
       
     
Unite Stratford One
       
     
Guy's Hospital
       
     
80 Cannon Street
       
     
The Walbrook
       
     
One New Change Ceiling Detail
       
     
Stapleton House
       
     
US Embassy
       
     
60 Queen Victoria Street
       
     
Tate Modern Chimney
       
     
The Copper Box Arena
       
     
Cannon Street Station
       
     
The Willis Building
       
     
Manhattan Loft Gardens Facade
       
     
Twenty Bishops Square
       
     
Tintagel House
       
     
Aquatics Centre
       
     
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61 Oxford Street
       
     
5 Broadgate Facade
       
     
Blue Fin Venue
       
     
Bjarke Ingels Serpentine Gallery Pavilion
       
     
Crossrail Place Roof
       
     
Westminster Bridge Park Plaza Hotel
       
     
Dollar Bay
       
     
Sixty London
       
     
100 Cheapside
       
     
Cheval Three Quays
       
     
R7 Handyside Facade
       
     
Newport Street Gallery
       
     
West Hendon
       
     
  Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
       
     
10 Upper Bank Street
       
     
20 Bank Street Facade
       
     
Pan Peninsula
       
     
Heron Tower
       
     
Bloomberg Place
       
     
The HSBC Gates
       
     
Colindale Apart Hotel
       
     
Baltimore Tower
       
     
Boiler Suit Guy's Hospital
       
     
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Architectural Photography: Details
       
     
Architectural Photography: Details

Here you can find a selection of my architectural photographs focusing on materials, form and structure. Shot up-close they highlight these elements by isolating the buildings from their environment.

New materials and advanced manufacturing, engineering and construction processes are transforming the possibilities of what can be achieved within architectural design. This series of architectural photographs focus upon these new and exciting additions to contemporary architecture.

The approach to each of these images is to isolate the architectural details from their wider context focusing on material, form, colour and surface. The aim is not only to present what is simply there, but to reinterpret and enhance it through the creative field of photography.

The photograph above shows the colourful brise soleil on the New Ludgate building in central London, it was designed by Sauerbruch Hutton Architects.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Victoria Gate Leeds
       
     
Victoria Gate Leeds

A white concrete, diamond shaped latticed facade covers the John Lewis Building at the Victoria Gate shopping centre in Leeds. The development which also includes an indoor arcade was designed by London architecture firm Acme.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

City of London Information Centre
       
     
City of London Information Centre

Make Architects created a bold angular structure to house the City of London's information centre, which sits in stark contrast to its neighbour St. Paul's Cathedral. This photograph shows the vibrant yellow cladding on the underside of its roof structure.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton 

20 Fenchurch Street Ventilation Shaft
       
     
20 Fenchurch Street Ventilation Shaft

This Ventilation Shaft at the base of the 20 Fenchurch Street building provides some nice geometric patterns.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton 

CITY OF LONDON INFORMATION CENTRE
       
     
CITY OF LONDON INFORMATION CENTRE

Make Architects created a bold angular structure to house the City of London's information centre. This photograph shows the exposed metal panels which form the roof structure.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton 

Broadgate
       
     
Broadgate

New transformations in the public realm around Broadgate have accompanied the development of Make architects 5 Broadgate building. This photograph details the colourful additions to the walkways that surround the buildings perimeter.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Barbican Tower
       
     
Barbican Tower

The Barbican Estate, an iconic example of Brutalist architecture built in the 1960's, remains one of the most interesting and creative spaces in the City of London. Photographed here is the concrete facade on one of the three residential towers. The development was designed by architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton 

Charlotte Building
       
     
Charlotte Building

The Charlotte Building is located at 17 Gresse Street, just round the corner from Tottenham Court Road station. This nicely clad office development designed by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands Architects won the RIBA London Award in 2010.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Central Square Leeds
       
     
Central Square Leeds

Central Square is a new office, retail and leisure development located in the heart of Leeds' commercial district. The facade makes use of a variety of materials and colour which illuminate beautifully under the winter sun. The building was designed by Leeds architectural practice DLA

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Canada Water Library
       
     
Canada Water Library

Canada Water Library designed by CZWG Architects sits alongside a stretch of open water in the London borough of Southwark. The top-heavy crystalline structure features a grated metal facade which reflects the shimmering waters below.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

10 Upper Bank Street
       
     
10 Upper Bank Street

KPF Architects designed this 32 storey office tower located in the heart of Canary Wharf. The repetition of vertical white fins that run down the buildings facade are great for creating minimal compositions.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Unite Stratford One
       
     
Unite Stratford One

Architectural Photography of Unite Stratford One's unique facade.

Over 1000 students are housed in BDP Architects, 28-storey, Stratford One student building. Developed by Unite Group the building features two contrasting facades which are perforated with a scattering of windows, varying in shape and size. The outer section, photographed here, is covered in unusually shaped terracotta tiles.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Guy's Hospital
       
     
Guy's Hospital

Contrasting the older Brutalist architecture of Guy's Hospital designed by Watkins Gray with the younger stainless steel entrance wrap by designer Thomas Heatherwick. Guy's Hospital was for many years the worlds tallest hospital standing at 147 meters until it was surpassed in 2008 by the Hong Kong Sanatorium. It once again regained its tile in 2014 after the addition of a light sculpture on the roof by Carsten Nicolai.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

80 Cannon Street
       
     
80 Cannon Street

The steel exoskeleton surrounding Arup Associates 1976 building 80 Cannon Street not only serves to structurally reinforce the building, it also carries water around the structure to aid cooling in the event of a fire.

Photography - Copyright © Alex Upton

The Walbrook
       
     
The Walbrook

The Walbrook is an commercial building located in the City of London designed by Foster & Partners. The facade is wrapped in horizontal bands or reflective brise soleil which contrast with the stone work of surrounding buildings.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

One New Change Ceiling Detail
       
     
One New Change Ceiling Detail

The dynamic lines, cuts and intersections that occur in the architectural detailing of Jean Nouvel's One New Change building are perfect for forming beautiful, abstract photographic compositions.

Photograph: Copyright © Alex Upton

Stapleton House
       
     
Stapleton House

Stapleton House, designed by Architecture PLB is a student accommodation building developed for Unite Group and London Metropolitan University. The buildings colourful metal clad facade is contrasted here with the surrounding brickwork. 

For more architectural photographs of Stapleton House please head over to the projects section of my portfolio.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

US Embassy
       
     
US Embassy

The US Embassy in London is soon moving to its new home along the Thames Riverbank in the district of Nine Elms. The building, designed by American architectural practice KieranTimberlake, features a innovative facade covered in geometric ETFE foils which serve to reduce solar glare and down winds.

Photography - Copyright © Alex Upton

60 Queen Victoria Street
       
     
60 Queen Victoria Street

The architectural detailing on the industrial looking HSBC building, also known as 60 Queen Victoria Street, features a unique patinated bronze facade. The building located in the City of London won the City Architecture Award in 2002 and was designed by Foggo Associates.

Photography - Copyright © Alex Upton

Tate Modern Chimney
       
     
Tate Modern Chimney

Brickwork detail on the Tate Modern's 99 meter tall chimney. The building which existed formerly as Bankside Power Station was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and now houses the Tate's contemporary art collection. For photographs of Tate Modern Switch House please head over to the projects section of my portfolio.

Photograph: Copyright © Alex Upton

The Copper Box Arena
       
     
The Copper Box Arena

One of the four permanent venues built for the 2012 London Olympic Games, The Copper Box Arena was designed as a multi-purpose venue which hosted handball and fencing events amongst others. Make Architects, the team responsible for its design won several local awards.

Photograph: Copyright © Alex Upton

Cannon Street Station
       
     
Cannon Street Station

Above the redeveloped Canon Street Station in London sit a series of office spaces designed by architects Foggo Associates. The building is clad in a giant steel exoskeleton which forms wonderful geometric patterns.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

The Willis Building
       
     
The Willis Building

The Willis Building is a commercial skyscraper designed by Foster + Partners architects. The building is located in the City of London's financial district and features an elegant curved facade which provides beautiful reflection's of Richard Rogers adjacent Lloyd's of London building.  

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Manhattan Loft Gardens Facade
       
     
Manhattan Loft Gardens Facade

Manhattan Loft Gardens is a 43 storey residential tower situated in the London Olympic Park. The tower designed by SOM Architects features a unique double cantilever to provide high altitude garden space for it's residents. 

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Twenty Bishops Square
       
     
Twenty Bishops Square

20 Bishops Square, Shoreditch, London

Located near Old Spitalfields Market, 20 Bishops Square is a distinctive residential building containing 14 flats and a restaurant at ground level. The building is clad in varying shades of terracotta panels, that run horizontally around its facade, creating a distinct contrast with its historic surroundings whilst, at the same time referencing them.

The building was designed by local, Shoreditch based, architectural practice Matthew Lloyd Architects. This photograph captures the facade isolated from its surroundings, contrasting the vertical lines of the structure with its horizontal cladding panels.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Tintagel House
       
     
Tintagel House

Tintagel House has an interesting grid like structure formed of brick and stone, it was designed by T.P. Bennett and sits alongside the Thames River just off Albert Embankment. The 1960's building was formally occupied by the Metropolitan Police.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Aquatics Centre
       
     
Aquatics Centre

The curvature of the timber framed roof on Dame Zaha Hadid's Aquatics centre at the Olympic park in London not only references the buildings function, but the river ways which run alongside the building. It remains one of the most iconic buildings created for the 2008 Olympics. 

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Nexus Place Facade
       
     
Nexus Place Facade

Nexus Place by Sturgis Associates is a rebuild of the former Fleetway House located in Farringdon Street, London. The top portion of the building features this unusual crystalline structure.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton  

Terrace Mount & Hilton Hotel Bournemouth
       
     
Terrace Mount & Hilton Hotel Bournemouth

Architectural photograph of the Hilton Hotel and Terrace Mount luxury apartments, Bournemouth.

The 4-star Bournemouth Hilton Hotel and Terrace Mount luxury apartments and penthouses combine to form this mixed use development in the city's centre. Commissioned by THAT Group, hotel and leisure industry specialists, Kay Elliott Architects acted as monitoring architect on the scheme.

The hotels provides 300 bedrooms, a Schpoons & Forx restaurant, a rooftop Sky Bar, leisure club, swimming pool, conferencing facilities and a café. The photograph here captures the buildings roadside elevation, showing the difference in detailing applied to the facade of the tower and low-rise portion of the building.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

61 Oxford Street
       
     
61 Oxford Street

Architectural Photograph of 61 Oxford Street's distinctive curved glass facade.

This mixed-use building located on London's busy Oxford Street was designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) Architects. Taking its inspiration from a classic vase designed by architect Alvar Aalto in the 1930's the rippled glass facade undulates up the buildings 8-storeys forming a peak above the main entrance.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

5 Broadgate Facade
       
     
5 Broadgate Facade

Make architects 5 Broadgate building in the City of London features sharp angular lines with the windows appearing as cuts in the stainless-steel facade. The innovative design was awarded a BREEAM Excellent rating for its sustainability. 

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Blue Fin Venue
       
     
Blue Fin Venue

The Blue Fin Venue also known as Bankside 123 is a commercial building located just opposite the Tate Modern on London's busy Southbank. Designed by architectural practice Allies and Morrison the building takes its name from the distinctive blue aluminium fins which cover its facade.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Bjarke Ingels Serpentine Gallery Pavilion
       
     
Bjarke Ingels Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Founder of BIG Architects Bjarke Ingels designed this years (2016) Serpentine Gallery Pavilion located in Kensington Gardens, London. The pavilion is made up of hollow fibreglass frames stacked on top of each other, these produce a structure that is at once translucent and opaque.

Photography - Copyright © Alex Upton

Crossrail Place Roof
       
     
Crossrail Place Roof

Architectural Photograph of Crossrail Places' ETFE cushioned roof, designed by Foster & Partners.

Crossrail Place located in Canary Wharf is a major new node in Europe's largest infrastructure project, which when complete will connect the peripheries of east and west London. The stations unique roof, constructed of a timber lattice, is punctuated by ETFE cushions filled with air.

Photographed here the roof is engulfed by a sky of an equally, comforting and quilted texture. Below the roof a skygarden can be found, which itself sits above layers of retail, entertainment and of course the new crossrail station set to open in 2018.

Photography - Copyright © Alex Upton

Westminster Bridge Park Plaza Hotel
       
     
Westminster Bridge Park Plaza Hotel

Located on London's Southbank, Westminster Bridge Park Plaza Hotel is a 1000 plus room hotel designed by collaborating architectural practices BUJ architects and Uri Blumenthal architects. As seen in this photograph the buildings facade is covered in colourful glazed fins which reduce solar glare.

Photography - Copyright © Alex Upton

Dollar Bay
       
     
Dollar Bay

The rippling crystal clear glass facade on Dollar Bay Tower in London's Canary Wharf beautifully reflects the encompassing skyline. Designed by UK based architectural practice SimpsonHaugh & Partners the building is comprised of luxury residential apartments.

Photography - Copyright © Alex Upton

Sixty London
       
     
Sixty London

Sixty London is a commercial building in the City of London currently occupied by retailer Amazon. The Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) designed scheme re-establishs the gatehouse - seen here juxtaposed with the modern element - which was originally destroyed in the Second World War.

Photography - Copyright © Alex Upton

100 Cheapside
       
     
100 Cheapside

The innovative facade on 100 Cheapside consists of Portland stone surrounds which recede on the upper levels. The building which is located in the City of London was designed by EPR Architects.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Cheval Three Quays
       
     
Cheval Three Quays

Cheval Three Quays  is a luxury residential and apart-hotel scheme designed by 3D Reid Architects, it is located on the Thames River bank next to the Tower of London. The building utilises high quality materials with a combination of stone and glass covering the horse-shoe shaped facade.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

R7 Handyside Facade
       
     
R7 Handyside Facade

R7 Handyside, King's Cross, London

The colourful facade on Duggan Morris Architects R7 Handyside building is photographed here showing the contrasting pink tones which divide the buildings mass into two distinct halves. The building forms part of the King's Cross regeneration master-plan and is now fully let to New Look and XTX Markets.

At the time of photographing R7 Handyside the 10-storey building was still under construction, with the external area nearing completion, while the rest of the building will be ready for occupation in late 2017.

Photography - Copyright © Alex Upton

Newport Street Gallery
       
     
Newport Street Gallery

Newport Street Gallery by architecture studio Caruso St John was the 2016 winner of the prestigious RIBA Sterling prize. The free public gallery houses Damien Hirst's private art collection.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

 

 

West Hendon
       
     
West Hendon

West Hendon Tower is part of a regeneration project located in the London borough of Barnet. The photograph here captures the horizontal stone strips, supplied by client Taylor Maxwell, which detail the division between every two floors as the building rises. The scheme was designed by architects Allies and Morrison for property developer Barratt Homes.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

  Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
       
     
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

The Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel is located in the heart of London's busy Southbank, it's facade is covered in colourful glass panels which prevent solar glare and provide a degree of shade for the guests rooms. The building was designed by  BUJ Architects (Uri Blumenthal Architects).

Photography - Copyright © Alex Upton

10 Upper Bank Street
       
     
10 Upper Bank Street

This photograph contrasts the upper and lower portions of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates' 10 Upper Bank Street building in Canary Wharf. The building features white vertical fins that extend up the buildings 32 floors.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

 

20 Bank Street Facade
       
     
20 Bank Street Facade

The 20 Bank Street building is the European headquarters of financial firm Morgan Stanley, it is located in London's Canary Wharf and was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM Architects).

Photography - Copyright © Alex Upton 

Pan Peninsula
       
     
Pan Peninsula

The Pan Peninsula development located in London's Canary Wharf district consists of two luxury residential towers designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM Architects). The towers which rise to 50 and 40 storeys were at the time of construction the tallest residential towers in the UK.

Photography - Copyright © Alex Upton

Heron Tower
       
     
Heron Tower

The reflective glazing on the Heron Tower in the City of London captures the sky on it's shimmering surface. The commercial skyscraper was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) architects.

Photography - Copyright © Alex Upton

Bloomberg Place
       
     
Bloomberg Place

Architectural detailing showing the sandstone lattice work and bronze blades covering the façade of the still under construction headquarters of media company Bloomberg. The building is designed by Fosters and Partners and is situated in the City of London.

Photography - Copyright © Alex Upton

The HSBC Gates
       
     
The HSBC Gates

Not strictly architecture, but this sculpture created by artist Anthony Caro does have unique architectural qualities, and when standing beneath it, St Paul's Cathedral becomes perfectly framed through its hollow centre.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Colindale Apart Hotel
       
     
Colindale Apart Hotel

Colindale Apart Hotel is an 18 storey mixed use development rising above Colindale Tube Station in North London.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Baltimore Tower
       
     
Baltimore Tower

Architectural Photograph capturing the curvature of the glass facade on Baltimore Tower in Canary Wharf, London.

Designed by international architectural practice Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM Architects) Baltimore Tower is a distinctive residential development located south of Canary Wharf on the Isle of Dogs. The towers curvaceous, spiralling form is achieved through the slight offset of each floor as it rises to its 45-storey peak. 

Within the tower there are 366 residential units of varying configuration. Included at the base of the tower is a cafe opening toward the Millwall Inner Dock waterfront, while at the other end of the building a triple-height penthouse restaurant can be found, whose outdoor terrace boasts amazing panoramic views across London.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Boiler Suit Guy's Hospital
       
     
Boiler Suit Guy's Hospital

This stainless steel woven frame by designer Thomas Heatherwick wraps itself around the boiler house section of Guy's Hospital in London.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

 

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Tate Modern Brickwork
       
     
Tate Modern Brickwork

Contrasting the brickwork between Sir Giles Gilbert Scott's original section of the Tate Modern art gallery and Herzog and De Meuron's new Switch House gallery extension.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

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