A Guide to Commissioning Architectural Photography

It’s been a long while since I’ve been active on this Blog but I have been busy travelling and shooting across the Middle East and building an exciting new architectural business. In any event here is a handy Guide to Commissioning High Impact Architectural Photography that I’ve just put together for the Pretoria Institute for Architecture.

Download the PDF brochure here (10MB): A Guide to Architectural Photography LR

A Guide to Commissioning High-Impact Architectural Photography


Yas Viceroy Hotel

In celebration of yet another successful Etihad Airways Formula 1 weekend on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi some photographs of the incredible Yas Viceroy Hotel. I was very fortunate to be there when it was originally being built in 2008 and I am very fortunate to have been back to stay in it and to photograph it professionally many times since. It’s a spectacular destination and one of my own favourite places to visit and photograph.


WINNER: KwaZulu Natal Institute for Architecture

I’m very excited and pleased to hear that the Unilever ‘Indosa’ warehouse I shot previously for Elphick Proome Architects has just won a 2013 Award for Architecture from the KwaZulu Natal Institute for Architecture in South Africa.

This project is without doubt one of the most spectacular warehouse architectural designs I have seen anywhere in the world – the architecture is innovative, it’s bold, and it sets a benchmark for industrial architecture that will be sure to elevate the standard we expect from architects everywhere. Students will be studying this project at university, architects will be trying to emulate the creative concepts and clients will be excited at what is actually possible with their own future schemes.

Well done Elphick Proome Architects in adding yet another award to your long list of accomplishments and for continuing to set the industry standard for spectacular architecture in South Africa.



Digest of South African Architecture

The Digest of South African Architecture, endorsed by the South African Institute of Architects, is a hefty high-quality manual published annually as a showcase and celebration of the best architectural projects that were completed in the previous year.

The 2012 Digest showcases 70 of the best architectural projects in South Africa across a range of categories and I’m rather excited that four of the projects I photographed last year are showcased in the publication. On top of that the ‘Gottlieb Group Distribution Warehouse‘ which I photographed (by Elphick Proome Architects) received an official Commendation by the SAIA, the ‘Mbombela Stadium’ (R&L Architects) which I photographed for FIFA received an Award of Merit and the ‘Investec Regional Head Office’ (by Elphick Proome Architects) also received an Award of Excellence.

The four projects which were extensively showcased in the Digest included the ‘Unilever Indosa Factory‘ in Durban by Elphick Proome Architects, the ‘Ballito Lifestyle Centre Extension‘ by Evolution Architects, the ‘COP 17 Climate Smart Cape Town Pavilion‘ by ST&AR Architects, and the ‘New Jerusalem Children’s Home‘ by 4D and A Architects.

It’s very exciting and rewarding to be involved with so many of South Africa’s leading architectural designers and to have these projects showcased in such a prestigious industry publication.


Unilever ‘Indosa’ Warehouse

As showcased in the Digest of South African Architecture 2012…

Architect: Elphick Proome Architects, Westville, KwaZulu Natal

Structural Engineer: Sutherland

Mechanical Engineer: RCE Consulting Engineers

Wet Services: AURECON

Environmental: Guy Nichols

Quantity Surveyor: Mbatha, Walters & Simpson

Contractor: Stefanutti Stocks Building

Branding & Marketing: The Hardy Boys

Fire Engineers: WSP

Photography: Dennis Guichard


New Jerusalem Children’s Home

As showcased in the Digest of South African Architecture 2012…

Architect: 4D&A Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa

Structural Engineer: Gerrard Consulting

Contractor: IDC Construction

Photography: Dennis Guichard


COP17 Climate Smart Cape Town Pavilion

As showcased in the Digest of South African Architecture 2012…

Architect: ST&AR Architects, Cape Town, in conjunction with ‘Touching the Earth Lightly’

Structural Engineer: Stephen Lamb, Martin & Associates

Contractor/Project Manager: Touching the Earth Lightly

Alternative Energy Specialists: MLT Drives

Photography: Dennis Guichard


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