1. Hufton + Crow

Location: London

Photographic duo Hufton and Crow have had their international prestige affirmed by their 2012 win at the World Architectural Photography Awards with their images of MAXXI (Museum of XXI Century Arts). The image of Pierres Vives by Zaha Hadid Architects feels as massive and dense as the tons of concrete used to make it, despite it being the size of a postcard on one's computer monitor. Their photographs of the Giants Causeway Visitor Center (in Bushmills, UK) make the façade feel like something between Stonehenge and Kubrick's monolith. Their photographs give the viewer room to breathe; the depth of field is so deep, and the horizon line so long that the photographs actually feel like the monumental spaces themselves.