10 Architectural Oddities from Above

2018 SkyPixel Contest Weekly Selection: Issue 7

Architectural photography gives us a perspective of a building that we can’t see normally. From the ground, we may only see sheer size and a hint of shape. However, an aerial point of view allows us to see the structure that perhaps the architect wanted us to see all along. Enjoy these 10 special selections from the 2018 SkyPixel Contest! Click here to see more details.

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1. National Library of Kosovo | Equipment: Mavic 2 Pro

Photographer: Agon Nimani

A series of square roofs and glass domes makes this library a geometric delight. The added touch of snow gives rich depth and contrast to Agon Nimani’s photo.


2. Grand Lisboa Hotel Macau | Equipment: Phantom 4 Pro

Photographer: Kevin Zhen

By snapping this pic of Macau’s classic hotel at sunset, Kevin Zhen presents the Grand Lisboa with all its dramatic slopes and facets.


3. Duo Seasons | Equipment: Mavic 2 Pro

Photographer: Roger

Instead of four, Singapore simply has two seasons – wet and dry. Roger uses this basis to show its famous Gardens by the Bay nature park, showcasing this dual identity.


4. Bagan | Equipment: Mavic Pro

Photographer: Witold Ziomek

Dawn is always a magical time. With his lens, Witold Ziomek reveals Bagan as a complete fairytale world.


5. Bird’s-Eye View | Equipment: Mavic Pro

Photographer: 捌月玖日未央

San Francisco’s iconic Transamerica Pyramid towers above the city with its one-of-a-kind design, whether it’s the middle of the day or night.

6. Starship | Equipment: Mavic Pro

Photographer: antoneleven

Once a communist meeting point in Bulgaria, the Buzludzha is a structure that stands alone in the Balkan Mountains. Antoneleven emphasizes this building’s seclusion and aesthetic as a remarkable oddity.


7. The Shape of City | Equipment: Mavic 2 Pro

Photographer: Donelson_Lee

In this series of top-down images, Donelson Lee shares that inside the mundane urban sprawl, art and shape definitely exist in his city.


8. Winter View of a Russian Church (Monastery Nativity) in the Town of Shipka, Bulgaria | Equipment: Phantom 4 Advanced

Photographer: Raveo85

In a flat, show-white background, the vivid colors of this church stick out like a bright ornament in a Christmas tree.


9. Harbin Opera House | Equipment: Mavic 2 Pro

Photographer: 捌月玖日未央

From above, the Harbin Opera House reveals a complete abandonment of corners and angles, opting instead for deep curves and fluid lines.


10. Waiting for the Night | Equipment: Mavic 2 Pro


Photographer: 下雨 | RAIN

Canton Tower in Guangzhou is an elegant, futuristic structure by day. When the sun sets, RAIN shows the tower gleaming with color and twist.