Architectural Photography: Exteriors
       
     
The Max Rayne Centre
       
     
Rambert Dance Company
       
     
Muswell Hill
       
     
Hong Kong Cultural Centre
       
     
Holland Green Apartments
       
     
Lee Valley Velopark
       
     
Bankside Studios
       
     
Newport Street Gallery
       
     
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5 Broadgate
       
     
Sammy Ofer Centre
       
     
Rehearsal Rooms
       
     
Creechurch Place
       
     
One Tower Bridge
       
     
Stapleton House
       
     
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Belmont House
       
     
Cheval Three Quays
       
     
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Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy
       
     
Sainsbury Wellcome Centre
       
     
Holiday Inn Express Birmingham
       
     
Wilfred Brown Building
       
     
Royal Albert Wharf
       
     
One Waverley Place
       
     
Crouch End Picturehouse
       
     
Seventy Wilson
       
     
BH2 Bournemouth
       
     
National Theatre
       
     
John Lewis
       
     
8 Finsbury Circus
       
     
Hilton Hotel Bournemouth
       
     
Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health & Wellbeing Centre
       
     
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Premier Inn York Way (28) 3.jpg
       
     
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Chobham Manor
       
     
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South Place Hotel
       
     
103-109 Wardour Street
       
     
London Aquatics Centre
       
     
West Croydon Bus Station
       
     
Dollar Bay
       
     
Nexus Place
       
     
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Hercules House Park Plaza Hotel
       
     
The Walbrook
       
     
Architectural Photography: Exteriors
       
     
Architectural Photography: Exteriors

Photographing architecture in context.

We inhabit architecture and architecture inhabits the cities we live in, it is therefore important when photographing a building to contextualise it within the local environment and show how it mediates movement, actions and responses from the individuals that inhabit its spaces or simply pass by it.

This selection of my architectural photography explores these concepts while operating within the clients brief. The projects and locations are varied and include; commercial spaces, educational facilities, residential properties, leisure complexes and public spaces.

If you would like to commission London-based architectural photographer Alex Upton to photograph a project you or your client have worked on, or would like to purchase images you have seen in this gallery, please don't hesitate to contact Alex.

The Max Rayne Centre
       
     
The Max Rayne Centre

Max Rayne Centre, South Bank, London 2015.

The Max Rayne Centre with its distinctive aluminium facade serves as a theater production facility and was completed by London Studio Haworth Tompkins in tandem with the refurbishment of The National Theater at South Bank. 

Developer: National Theatre
Contractor: Lend Lease
Architect: Haworth Tompkins

Rambert Dance Company
       
     
Rambert Dance Company

Rambert, South Bank, London 2013.

The Rambert building designed by architects Allies and Morrison sits adjacent to The Max Rayne Centre on London's South Bank. The national company for contemporary dance, Rambert, occupies the building which features spacious studious, changing rooms and offices.

Developer: Rambert Dance Company
Contractor: Vinci
Architect: Allies and Morrison

Muswell Hill
       
     
Muswell Hill

Muswell Hill, London 2017.

Located in North London, Muswell Hill is a mixed-use development comprised of residential apartments, houses and a community centre. Designed by London and Sydney based architectural practice PHplus, the residential aspect of the development follows the steeply sloping contours of the site.

Developer: Jamm Living
Contractor: Gilbert Ash
Photography Client: Taylor Maxwell
Architect: Ph+ Architects (Puncher Hamilton Plus)

Hong Kong Cultural Centre
       
     
Hong Kong Cultural Centre

10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hon Kong 1989.

Designed by a committee of government architects known as the Architectural Services Department, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre started construction in 1986 and was completed in 1989. Its a multi-purpose venue which hosts concerts, exhibitions and theatrical performances. The buildings exterior is notable for its angular forms which carve out a series of spaces providing sheltered walk ways for people to explore the space.

Holland Green Apartments
       
     
Holland Green Apartments

Holland Park, Kensington, London 2016.

One of two new residential buildings located on the site of the former Commonwealth Institute in London. The development, which was designed by Dutch architecture studio OMA in partnership with London architects Allies and Morrison was completed in tandem with the new London Design Museum.

Developer: Chelsfield Developments & Ilchester Estates
Contractor: Mace
Architect: OMA + Allies and Morrison

Lee Valley Velopark
       
     
Lee Valley Velopark

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London 2011.

Situated not far from the Lee River, Hopkins Architects Velodrome for the 2012 London Olympic Games is one of the most subtle yet refined buildings that has remained part of the Olympic Legacy. Its low profile and sweeping roof blend effortlessly into the contours of the surrounding natural landscape.

Developer: Olympic Delivery Authority
Architect: Hopkins Architectsmost

Bankside Studios
       
     
Bankside Studios

76-80 Southwark Street, London 2001.

Situated just south of the River Thames, Bankside Studios designed by London-based architectural practice CZWG Architects LLP, is a colourful angular office block. Now home to advertising agency MRM-Meteorite the building was completed in late 2001 and can be seen stylistically as a precursor to CZWG's Canada Water Library, which features a a similar top-heavy design resting on a small footprint.

Architect: CZWG Architects

Newport Street Gallery
       
     
Newport Street Gallery

Newport Street, Lambeth, London 2015.

Located in Vauxhall, just south of the River Thames, Newport Street Gallery opened its doors to the public in early 2015 and provides a home for Damien Hirst to exhibit his personal art collection. The former theatre warehouses were converted by London architecture studio Caruso St John whom have earned sever prestigious awards for their design including the RIBA Stirling Prize 2016, RIBA National Award 2016 and RIBA London Award 2016.

Contractor: Walter Lilly
Architect: Caruso St John

 

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citizenM hotel Tower of London

citizenM, Trinity Square, London 2016.

Located just a short walk from the Tower of London is this flagship citizenM hotel designed by Sheppard Robson architects. It contains 370 bedrooms and sits amongst some of London's most historic architecture on a UNESCO world heritage site.

Developer: citizenM
Contractor: Ramboll UK
Architect: Sheppard Robson

5 Broadgate
       
     
5 Broadgate

5 Broadgate, City of London 2015.

Home to Swiss Bank UBS's new trading Headquarters located in the City of London, 5 Broadgate provides approximately 700,000 sq ft floor space over 12 storeys, including trading floors capable of accommodating approximately 750 traders. The building was designed by Ken Shuttleworth of Make Architects.

Developer: British Land
Contractor: Mace
Architect: Make Architects

Sammy Ofer Centre
       
     
Sammy Ofer Centre

The Old Marylebone Town Hall, Marylebone Road, London 2017.

As part of a transformation of the iconic Old Marylebone Town Hall in central London, The London Business School have incorporated the building into their new faculty, The Sammy Ofer Centre. Designed by Sheppard Robson Architects the building features a distinctive glass and steel atrium connecting the annexed portion of the Town Hall.

Developer: The London Business School
Contractor: Wates Construction
Photography Client/ Architect: Sheppard Robson

Rehearsal Rooms
       
     
Rehearsal Rooms

Rehearsal Rooms, North Acton London 2017.

 

Creechurch Place
       
     
Creechurch Place

Creechurch Lane, London, UK. 2017

Located in the City of London's financial district, Creechurch place is one of a number of new high-rise developments to join the City's growing cluster of towers. Containing 17 storeys of high-grade, modern office space the building with its distinguished vertical fins was designed by Sheppard Robson Architects, the client for whom i photographed the project.

Developer: Helical PLC
Contractor: Skanska
Photography Client/ Architect: Sheppard Robson

One Tower Bridge
       
     
One Tower Bridge

Designed by Squire & Partners, One Tower Bridge is a luxury residential development locate on the Thames Riverbank next to the iconic Tower Bridge. The building is comprised of several blocks which utilise a variety of materials to reference the historic location.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Stapleton House
       
     
Stapleton House

Stapleton House Student Accommodation, Islington, London, 2016.

Located on Holloway Road, Stapleton House is a 862 room student accommodation building developed for Unite Group and The London Metropolitan University. The buildings colourful facade - which makes use of both stone, brick and metal cladding - is photographed here for the client Taylor Maxwell.

The building was designed by London architectural practice ArchitecturePLB. The complete series of images I captured detailing Stapleton House Student Accommodation can be viewed in my portfolio along with a post on my blog which contains notes on the photography and a more detail exploration of the architecture.

Architects: ArchitecturePLB
Contractor: Balfour Beatty
Client: Taylor Maxwell
Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

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Belmont House
       
     
Belmont House

Belmont Road, Uxbridge, London 2016.

Located in Uxbridge Town Centre Belmont House is a £30 million office development designed by London architectural practice TP Bennett for developer Aviva Investors. The facade features an interesting array of irregular-shaped windows which wrap around the structure of the preexisting building.

Developer: Aviva Investors
Contractor: McLaren Commercial
Architect: TP Bennett
Photography Client: Taylor Maxwell

Cheval Three Quays
       
     
Cheval Three Quays

Lower Thames Street, London 2014.

Cheval Three Quays  is a luxury residential and apart-hotel scheme designed by 3D Reid and Axis 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.

Developer: Cheval Serviced Apartments
Contractor: Mace
Architect: 3DReid / Axis Architects 

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Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy
       
     
Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy

Architectural photograph of Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy, Sheffield.

Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy was created after a redevelopment of Tinsley Green Community Centre and includes a large extension to the original building. The school was designed by Bond Bryan Architects the same practice behind the wonderful Charles Street building for Sheffield Hallam University. 

Tinsley Meadows Primary incorporates colourful, playful elements into its design, while internally the school is simple and easy to navigate. The building is photographed here for client Forterra Building Products, suppliers of the bricks which clad the lower portion of the structure.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Sainsbury Wellcome Centre
       
     
Sainsbury Wellcome Centre
Holiday Inn Express Birmingham
       
     
Holiday Inn Express Birmingham

Holiday Inn Express, Birmingham, UK 2017.

Located in Birmingham City Centre, the recently completed Holiday Inn Express Hotel, by Liverpool based architectural practice KKA Architecture, forms part of the wider redevelopment of Arena Central. The building features a unique facade clad in monochrome square panels which combine to form a visual spectacle reminiscent of the video game Tetris.

Developer: InterContinental Hotels Group
Contractor: Sisk
Photography Client: Deane Roofing
Architect: KKA Architecture

Copyright © Alex Upton

Wilfred Brown Building
       
     
Wilfred Brown Building

Brunel University, Wilfred Brown Building, Uxbridge, London, 2017.

Recently reopened at the start of the new 2017 academic term the Wilfred Brown Building at Brunel University in West London is a major redevelopment of Sheppard Robson Architects original building that occupied the site since 1968. The building has been transformed into a modern space to accommodate new technologies and provide dynamic spaces for academic collaboration and research. The project is now occupied by the recently formed College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences.

Developer: Brunel University London
Contractor: ARJ Construction
Photography Client / Architect: Sheppard Robson

Copyright © Alex Upton

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Royal Albert Wharf

Royal Albert Wharf, Newham, London, 2017.

Royal Albert Wharf is a new residential development consisting of over 1500 homes located on the site of The Royal Docks - the largest enclosed docks in the world. The various buildings so far completed on the site have been designed by architectural practices McCreanorLavington and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.

Taylor Maxwell, supplier of the distinctive bricks used to clad the buildings commissioned me to photograph the project capturing the buildings in context with their historic surrounding and detailing the materials they supplied. More photographs of this project added to my portfolio shortly.

Architects: McCreanorLavington & Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Contractor: Galliford Try
Client: Taylor Maxwell
Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

One Waverley Place
       
     
One Waverley Place

The new fitness centre at The American School in London was completed in 2014, it was designed by Orms Architects. Here the installation of a new glass facade to the lower portion of the building is photographed for glazing specialists OAG.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

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Crouch End Picturehouse

Crouch End Picturehouse, 165 Tottenham Lane, London

A once nondescript 1950's building has been transformed by Panter Hudspith Architects into a modern, sustainable cinema. The building's unique facade utilises a material known as Kalwall, which allows the interplay of light and shadow, created by the internal lighting and the buildings inhabitants, to permeate its surface creating a theatrical projection on its external facade.

I was commissioned to photograph the building by client Kalwall UK. The aim of the photography was to capture the cinema in both the daylight and the early evening to show how the material acts under different lighting conditions.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Seventy Wilson
       
     
Seventy Wilson

Architectural Photograph of 70 Wilson by Astudio.

Located on the border between Broadgate and Shoreditch, Seventy Wilson is a new office building aimed at technology companies. Designed by London based Astudio Architects, the building incorporates a Grade II listed structure and boasts a BREEAM Excellent rating. The distinctive upper floors sit at opposing angles while the facade is detailed with a pastel red cladding.

A detailed account of my trip to photograph 70 Wilson is available on my blog along with more photographs.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

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BH2 Bournemouth

Exeter Crescent, Bournemouth, UK. 2017

A major new leisure complex located in Bournemouth city centre, BH2 Bournemouth contains both an Odeon cinema, retail and a large selection of restaurants. Sections of the buildings facade utilise Kalwall UK's translucent cladding system which illuminates the building uring the evening.

Developer: Licet and Legal & Genera
Client: Kalwall UK

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

National Theatre
       
     
National Theatre

National Theatre, South Bank, London, 1976.

John Lewis
       
     
John Lewis

John Lewis, Station Street, Birmingham 2015.

John Lewis is the flagship retail store at the newly renovated Grand Central Station in Birmingham, the building was designed by AZPML architects.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

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8 Finsbury Circus

8 Finsbury Circus, London by WilkinsonEyre Architects.

London architectural practice WilkinsonEyre were appointed to redevelop River Plate House in Finsbury Circus after a design competition in 2011. The new building, which provides grade A office space has two entrances, one on South Place the other on Finsbury Circus. Photographed here is part of the retained facade on the buildings north face dating from 1920. 

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Hilton Hotel Bournemouth
       
     
Hilton Hotel Bournemouth

Architectural Photograph of the Hilton Hotel, Bournemouth.

The 4-star Hilton Hotel in Bournemouth city centre forms part of a mixed use development, which includes a residential element, with 45 luxury apartments and 15 penthouses. 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 building in the early evening, where the golden glow of the lighting seeks to reinforce its luxury credentials. 

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health & Wellbeing Centre
       
     
Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health & Wellbeing Centre

The Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health & Wellbeing Centre located in East Village, Stratford provides state-of-the-art accommodation for the NHS's primary care service. The RIBA London regional Award winning building was designed Penoyre & Prasad and is easily distinguished within its surroundings due to its sharp angular design.

Photography - Copyright © Alex Upton

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Chobham Manor
       
     
Chobham Manor

Chobham Manor is a new residential development located in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park just meters from the Velodrome. Developed by one of the UK's biggest housing suppliers, Taylor Wimpey, the contemporary apartments are designed by a number of leading architectural practices including PRP, Karakusevic Carson Architects, Make Architects and Haworth Tompkins.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

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South Place Hotel
       
     
South Place Hotel

South Place Hotel is a boutique city hotel located in the City of London, it was designed by architectural practice Allies and Morrison. The buildings unique facade features layered panels of glass, bronze and natural anodised aluminium, these materials are reconfigured as the building tapers towards the top where a rooftop restaurant, terrace and gym area are available to residents.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

 

103-109 Wardour Street
       
     
103-109 Wardour Street

Architectural photograph of 103-109 Wardour Street by Sheppard Robson.

Located in the vibrant district of Soho, London, is 103-109 Wardour Street, a luxury apartment complex housed behind an Edwardian facade. The buildings renovation was carried out by architectural practice Sheppard Robson and their interior design arm ID:SR Interiors. I was commissioned by client Sheppard Robson to photograph the buildings front elevation capturing the beautifully restored stonework and detailing around the windowpanes.

Please head over to my blog if you wish to read more about 103-109 Wardour Street and my visit to photograph it.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

 

London Aquatics Centre
       
     
London Aquatics Centre

Zaha Hadid Architects London Aquatics Centre was one of the venues utilised in the 2012 Olympics and has since been adapted for public use. The buildings fluid design, synonymous with Zaha Hadid's output during the later half of her career, relates to both its use and the adjacent river.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton 

West Croydon Bus Station
       
     
West Croydon Bus Station

West Croydon Bus Station was recently redeveloped as part of Transport for London's infrastructure investment programme. The station, which was designed by TFL's in-house architect can cope with up to 150 buses every hour and is expected to cater for 8 million passengers every year.

Please follow this link If you wish to see more photographs of West Croydon Bus Station.

An article on West Croydon Bus Station can be found on my blog.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

 

Dollar Bay
       
     
Dollar Bay

Dollar Bay is a luxury residential tower currently under construction on the Isle of Dogs in Canary Wharf. Designed by Ian Simpson Architects the building features a sleek transparent facade which captures beautiful reflections on its glimmering surface. 

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Nexus Place
       
     
Nexus Place

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   

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Hercules House Park Plaza Hotel
       
     
Hercules House Park Plaza Hotel

Hercules House, Hercules Road, Waterloo, London

Located just south of the River Thames in central London Hercules House Park Plaza Hotel is a new 500 room hotel housed in a refurbished 1960's office building. The design of the redevelopment was lead by London architectural practice ESA Architecture.

The lower portion of the building is clad in client Taylor Maxwell's Corium cladding system, which utilises panels of precast facing brick, for quick assembly once on site. Please head over to my blog for further details of my visit to photograph Hercules House, where you can see the cladding photographed up-close.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

The Walbrook
       
     
The Walbrook

The Walbrook is a commercial building in the City of London designed by Norman Foster of Foster & Partners. Situated in a conservation area the building sits alongside Sir Christopher Wren's St Stephen Walbrook Church providing beautiful contrasts of architecture both old and new. 

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton