Think of Budapest Architecture and you usually envisage opulent Gothic buildings, Byzantine influences and Art Nouveau flourishes. A name less likely to be on the tip of the tongue is Bauhaus – a discrepancy that photographer Balint Alovits is attempting to put right in his series Time Machine.
In fact, Bauhaus style was an important architectural movement in the Hungarian capital between 1930 and 1948. As the city expanded, districts to the north such as Újlipotváros were transformed from industrial wastelands into residential idylls, their architects inspired by modern European trends.
As a result, Budapest has a wealth of fascinating Bauhaus and Art Deco architecture, created by the likes of Béla Hofstätter and Ferenc Domány, but the majority are hidden from public view, with only tantalising glimpses available to those in the know.
It was the details of these buildings – specifically the mesmeric shapes and shades of the stairwells – that Budapest native Alovits set out to record. His series of swirling vortexes capture the easy grace of the buildings, the flow of their spaces as they spiral skywards.
All Photographs © Balint Alovits