Architecture - Dancing House
Tančící dům (Dancing house)
Frankem O. Gehry and
Vlado Milunić, also called Ginger and Fred
It may sound crazy to you –
a house that dances? Impossible! But it is real! Located on
the corner of Rasinovo Nabrezi and Resslova street,
alongside the Vltava River.
The Dancing House is the nickname given to a building
designed by Croatian-born Czech architect Vlado Milunic in a
co-operation with Canadian architect Frank Gehry. Built
between 1994-1996, Dancing House is a strikingly modern
contrast to Prague’s historic attractions.
The building is an example of a deconstructivist
architecture, with an unusual shape – you can actually see a
couple – woman and man dancing together, holding their hands,
with a skirt that sways to the music. Words can’t describe
it. You have got to see it!
The building is also called Ginger & Fred, referring to
Ginger Rogers and Fred Astair – the legendary dance duo.
The site was originally occupied by a house in the Neo-renaissance
style from the end of the 19th century. That house was,
however, destroyed during bombing in 1945, just missing the
neighbouring Art Nouveau house of Vaclav Havel – leading
figure of the Velvet Revolution of 1989, last president of
Czechoslovakia and first president of the Czech Republic.
The Dancing House stands out among the Neo-Baroque, Neo-Gothic
and Art Nouveau buildings that Prague is famous for. The
very non-traditional design was controversial at the time
causing a big public debate. After ten years, emotions are
over, and the house has its place in modern Prague.
The house is used as an office building. However, you can
visit the French restaurant on the roof with a magnificent
view of the Vltava River and Prague Castle panorama.
How to get there:
The Dancing House is within walking distance from the
underground station Karlovo Namesti (yellow line B). Or you
can take a tram number 17.