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B&W Architectural Photography of the "Whale" (Bálna, Budapest)

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The Whale Building BudapestI  traveled several times to Budapest. During my stay there, I rigorously followed the construction of the “Whale” building, and because of my on and off travels to meet my parents I always kept up with its latest news. In November of 2013, the building’s construction was finally complete, after years of construction delays and legal disputes, and the complex was inaugurated.

 DSC2709   2005   Whale at night   Constraction

On my visit to see my father in Budapest this May, I decided to head down to the building, and explore what the hype was all about. It was my first exploration of the newly opened, and unique building so I only took my Leica M9 camera and forgot the tripod at home. When I first laid my eyes on this impressive structure, I immediately thought this place was perfect for architectural photography. I was very impressed with the building, and so I visited it a couple more times to take photographs of the beautiful structure.

The reflections of the old buildings were caught by the modern structure of this glass atrium, which consisted of elements in triangular shapes, which caught my attention and sparked my interest in it. The architectural materials of two different kinds, connected with fixtures, with spectacular and unique architectural structures and the magnificent manner in which the reflections combined together to create different dimensions, captivated and  inspired me to create both colored as well as B&W architectural images. Magic is created and illuminated as the strikingly beautiful blue sky with clouds and the surrounding buildings are reflected on the atrium’s surface. The “Whale” has its own soul, which is defined by the ever-changing colors in the sky, the illumination of the night, and other weathers.

This example of Budapest’s modern architecture offers a chance to feed your inspiration and take stunning and impressive photographs of this architecture. Apart from enjoying good food, attending events, or shopping, it is a great spot for all those interested in architectural photography. I used different and exciting angles, viewpoints, and perspectives for the images I created, by taking a stroll across the building or exploring the beautifully stunning indoors, with its magnificent staircases and spaces reserved for the public.

The Budapest “Whale” building is situated between the Petofi and Liberty bridges, along the Danube Bank. It has been constructed with glass panels enclosed in aluminum frames, then positioned and adjusted over a strong framework of steel tubes, which helps in maximizing natural sunlight for use. The building was designed by integrating the remodeled versions of the old warehouse buildings with those of the whale-like, aerodynamic, modern architectural structure. This is a creative and different combination of aesthetic, classical, modern, and functional structural designs.

Kas Oosterhuis Dutch designed the indoors multipurpose hall, which was constructed by the architectural firm Lenard Helena, and provides a huge space for events, bars, art galleries, restaurants, and design shops. Balna Budapest attracts people from all over the world, to take a tour of this impressive building. I have come across many visitor groups, admiring the place, and enjoying their time with its many activities, while I captured the building’s beauty on camera. Situated in its current location, the Balna Budapest is one of the best extensions of the walking path in this downtown area.

The Whale Black and White photos by Judith Barath

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