Architect’s Eye, a photo competition with and without people

Simon Kennedy - Heygate Estate London Architect's Eye

Neil Dusheiko - Unite d'Habitation, Architect's Eye

Chris Drummond - Ghost of the Underground, Architect's Eye

Last week, competition organizers announced the winners of Architect’s Eye– a competition for architects that love to photograph buildings. Architect’s Eye is divided into two categories: the first is Architecture and Place, the second is Architecture and People. The winner of the first category is Simon Kennedy, who photographed the ghostly-appearing and absolutely abandoned Heygate estate:

Designed by Tim Tinker, the Heygate was completed in 1974 and was once a popular place to live, the flats thought to be light and spacious, but the estate later developed a reputation for crime, poverty and dilapidation. The sheer scale of many of the blocks also meant there was little sense of community. Subjected to urban decay and now abandoned, the Heygate estate is currently being demolished to make way for 2,500 new homes.

By contrast, the winner of the Architecture and People category was taken by Neil Dusheiko on the rooftop of Unite d’Habitation. Built by Corbusier, the Unite is still vibrant and loved by the folks that live there, even though it’s decades older than the estate now scheduled for demolition. The photo taken by Dusheiko depicts the success of the Unite in drawing people together on the communal rooftop (complete with sculptural mechanical exhaust stacks) but what is in that glassy room that overlooks the pool?


P.S. The lowest photo (taken by Chris Drummond) is the runner up in the Architecture and People category– showing the traces of people on the wall of the underground. To me, it looks a little bit like the traces of sweaty snowmen. Or snowwomen.

November 30, 2011 / By