Architectural Photography: Exteriors
       
     
The Walbrook
       
     
Lexicon Building
       
     
Tate Modern Switch House
       
     
The Max Rayne Centre
       
     
Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy
       
     
Newport Street Gallery
       
     
5 Broadgate
       
     
Rambert Dance Company
       
     
Muswell Hill
       
     
Belmont House
       
     
Stapleton House
       
     
Royal Albert Wharf
       
     
One Waverley Place
       
     
Crouch End Picturehouse
       
     
Cheval Three Quays
       
     
citizenM hotel Tower of London
       
     
Seventy Wilson
       
     
BH2 Bournemouth
       
     
Creechurch Place
       
     
One Tower Bridge
       
     
Bankside Studios
       
     
John Lewis Grand Central
       
     
Sammy Ofer Centre
       
     
Hilton Hotel Bournemouth
       
     
8 Finsbury Circus
       
     
Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health & Wellbeing Centre
       
     
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Warwick Hall Associated Architects.jpg
       
     
Chobham Manor
       
     
Pendleton Towers (42).jpg
       
     
Sainsbury Wellcome Centre
       
     
South Place Hotel
       
     
103-109 Wardour Street
       
     
London Aquatics Centre
       
     
West Croydon Bus Station
       
     
Dollar Bay
       
     
Nexus Place
       
     
Sheffield Hallam University
       
     
Canaletto
       
     
Hercules House Park Plaza Hotel
       
     
Heron Tower
       
     
One New Ludgate
       
     
The Eagle Building
       
     
Tower 42
       
     
Architectural Photography: Exteriors
       
     
Architectural Photography: Exteriors

Photographing architecture in context.

Here you can find a curated selection of Alex's architectural photography documenting a variety of buildings; offices, schools, residential properties, commercial developments, leisure complexes and public spaces, from around the United Kingdom, with a focus on exterior spaces. 

While some of these architectural photographs aim to contextualise the buildings within their environment, others seek to isolate the buildings so as to articulate and emphasise structural, formal and other design elements to their fullest. These various techniques of photographic representation reflect the diversity of Alex's client base and confirm his understanding of their various needs and requirements.

If you wish to hire a professional architectural photographer to photograph a building or property you or a client have worked on, or if you have seen an image within this gallery that you would like to purchase, please don't hesitate to contact Alex for a quote and advice relating to his photographic services. 

All Photographs: 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

Lexicon Building
       
     
Lexicon Building

Lexicon is a 36 storey apartment building in Islington, London, it was designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) architects. 

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Tate Modern Switch House
       
     
Tate Modern Switch House

Tate Modern gallery extension designed by architects Herzog and de Meuron. You can view my complete collection of Tate Modern Switch House Photographs in the projects section of my portfolio.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

The Max Rayne Centre
       
     
The Max Rayne Centre

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 Southbank. 

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

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

Newport Street Gallery
       
     
Newport Street Gallery

Newport Street Gallery located in Vauxhall, London opened its doors to the public in early 2015 and is home to Damien Hirst's personal art collection. The former theatre warehouses were converted by London architecture studio Caruso St John.

For more architectural photographs of Newport Street Gallery please head over to the projects section of my portfolio.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton    

5 Broadgate
       
     
5 Broadgate

5 Broadgate is Swiss Bank UBS's new trading Headquarters located in the City of London, the building was designed by Ken Shuttleworth of Make Architects.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Rambert Dance Company
       
     
Rambert Dance Company

The Rambert building designed by architects Allies and Morrison sits adjacent to The Max Rayne Centre on London's Southbank. The national company for contemporary dance, Rambert, occupies the building which features spacious studious. The use of concrete cotextualises the building with its Brutalist neighbours The National Theater and Hayward Gallery.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

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. The apartments themselves are broken down into individual units with the alternating use of brick and glazing. 

Client: Taylor Maxwell

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Belmont House
       
     
Belmont House

Architectural Photograph of Belmont Houses, Uxbridge by TP Bennett.

Belmont House, located in Uxbridge Town Centre is a £30 million office redevelopment designed by London architectural practice TP Bennett for developer Aviva Investors. The facade photographed here for client Taylor Maxwell features an interesting array of irregular-shaped windows. The building now includes an additional floor sitting atop the four which formed the original structure of the 1980's office building.

To see more of my architectural photographs of Belmont House please head to the projects section of my portfolio. If you wish to know more about the building and my visit to photograph it please see my blog post.

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

Royal Albert Wharf
       
     
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

Crouch End Picturehouse
       
     
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

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

citizenM hotel Tower of London
       
     
citizenM hotel Tower of London

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

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

BH2 Bournemouth
       
     
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

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
Client/ Architect: Sheppard Robson

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

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

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.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

John Lewis Grand Central
       
     
John Lewis Grand Central

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

Sammy Ofer Centre
       
     
Sammy Ofer Centre

The Old Marylebone Town Hall, Marylebone Road, London, UK 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
Client/ Architect: Sheppard Robson

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

8 Finsbury Circus
       
     
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

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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Sainsbury Wellcome Centre
       
     
Sainsbury Wellcome Centre
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   

Sheffield Hallam University
       
     
Sheffield Hallam University

Architectural photograph of the Charles Street Faculty of Development and Society building, Sheffield Hallam University.

Located in Sheffield city centre is Sheffield Hallam University's new Faculty of Development and Society designed by Bond Bryan Architects. The building features two flexible teaching blocks positioned either side at a high level which open out to showcase the educational and social facilities at ground level.

Notably the building features an innovative facade which utilises an iconic Sheffield red brick, complementing the neighbouring warehouses. Punctuated by square windows in varying size, this portion of the building makes creative use of the brick where patterns, perforations and contrasts of shape, size and colour are all employed to diversify the buildings mass. Client Forterra Building Products commissioned me photograph this section of the building for its entry into a brick awards competition.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Canaletto
       
     
Canaletto

Canaletto or 259 City Road is a residential tower located in the London borough of Islington, it was designed by Dutch architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio. Your can find more photographs of the Canaletto building in my rescent blog post. 

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

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

Heron Tower
       
     
Heron Tower

Heron Tower or 110 Bishopsgate is a 46 floor commercial building in the City of London, it featres a public restaraunt on the 40th floor and was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) architects.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

One New Ludgate
       
     
One New Ludgate

Designed by Fletcher Priest Architects One New Ludgate is an office development by Land Securities situated in the City of London just a short walk from St Paul's Cathedral.

If you are interested to see more images of New Ludgate the complete set can be viewed in the projects section of my portfolio.

A review of New Ludgate can be found on my blog.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

The Eagle Building
       
     
The Eagle Building

Located near Old Street's Silicon Roundabout The Eagle Building is a 26 storey mixed use development designed by Terry Farrell & Partners. The architecture takes its inspiration from the Art Deco era and retains the original 1933 building on site. 

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Tower 42
       
     
Tower 42

Tower 42 was the tallest building in the City of London until it was surpassed by the Heron Tower in 2009, the 183 meter tower was designed by Richard Seifert and was first occupied in 1980 by National Westminster Bank for use as their international headquarters.

Photography - Copyright © Alex Upton