My biggest nemesis in architecture photography is the weather. Take this recent shoot for the team at IKON Architects here in Christchurch. The forecast for the day was looking great, but unfortunately it clouded over from the early afternoon.
I prefer shooting in sunny conditions around late evening. Directional light helps a lot in accentuating the different aspects of a space, while lending materials and textures depth and clarity. With a completely flat blob of light above us that was, unfortunately, not going to happen.
Luckily there was a tiny gap in the clouds above the mountains, which lit up the sky phenomenally a few minutes before sunset. The resulting image required a little love in Photoshop as not to overwhelm the scene with pinks and reds.
The team at IKON Architects did not stop at designing just another copy-and-paste medical centre. The low-rise structure fits organically between local neighbourhood and the raised banks of the Avon River. The choice of materials as well as the space's overall layout are inviting to a point that you do not expect to step into a medical facility at all. I particularly enjoyed the light-flooded waiting and reception area that is a far cry from the oppressive treatment facilities that patients so often have to endure.
A big thank you goes to IKON Architects and Woodham Road Medical Centre & Pharmacy. Sometimes you can just tell when architects and their clients have a great relationship. This was definitely one of those projects, and I feel lucky that I was allowed to play a small role in capturing it. #fujifilm #fujifilmnz #xseries #fujifilm_xseries #fujixseries #architecture #architecturephotography #architecturalphotography #architecturenow #architecturenz #nzia #adnz #archdaily #archilovers #architecturedesign #bluehourphotography #christchurch #christchurchrebuild #christchurchnz #canterburynz