A total contrast from its environs.
I was walking getting lost near karlovo namesti until I reached the river front and accidentally this building caught my attention - no idea that it's an attraction nor it's name.
It's indeed the building of one of Netherlands' big insurance company called Nationale-Nederlanden - also the name of the building but is popularly called the "Dancing House". Designed by a croation-czech architect, the building has a french resto on the last floor.
Dancing House also called "Ginger & Fred" is one of the most interesting and unusual modern buildings in Prague. It is artwork of Frank Gehry and Vlado Milunic and it was erected in the last decade of 20th century.
Dancing house was constructed in 1996. It is not typical building in Prague center due to its design and construction time (buildings around are more or less older). This one was built on site, where houses in World War II were destroyed.
The design of dancing house was made by Croatian – Czech architect Vlado Milunic and Canadian architect Frank Gehry. The most typical thing for house is no symmetry, curved lines. It has other, funny names – “Drunk house” or “Fred and Ginger” (dancer couple names).
This house is the one I could say modern architecture really works out well, making positively shocking feeling.
Fans of modern architecture will want to seek out the Dancing Building, more commonly known as the Fred and Ginger Building after dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Located amidst some old art nouveau buildings, this building was erected in 1996 and designed by Czech architect Vlado Milunc and American architect Frank Gehry.
I've been a fan of Frank Gehry since I saw his New Customs House in Dusseldorf, so his Dancing House, on the banks of the river Vltava, was on my shopping list from day one. The building contains a well regarded French restaurant that offers fantastic views of the city.
The building was originally named Fred and Ginger, and the two cylindrical parts of the building, one brick and one glass, can be seen to resemble two people dancing close together.
the dancing house, also known as the ginger and fred house and the drunken building was built in 1995 and was designed by vlado milunic and frank gehry. it is located on the vltava river in a neighborhood of baroque, neo-gothic and art nouveau buildings. like most contraversal buildings it is either loved or hated by the residents of prague. there is a restaurant on the top of the building.
We decided to start sightseeing in Prague from this place but the beginning was rether inauspicious. We went on foot, hopind to see some things on the way which looked quite interesting on the way. But alas, two interesting-looking churches we passed were closed, the drizzle gradually turned into rain and by the time we eventually got to the Dancing House we were in a rather lousy mood, wishing we had opted for the Old Town instead. We spent no longer than a minute in front of the building, took a single picture from under the umbrella and turned back.
Interesting modern architecture between all the old buildings. The houses really look like they're dancing!
The dancing house is really an office building that was built between 1992-1996 by Czech architect Vlado Miluniæ in co-operation with Canadian architect Frank Gehry.
There's a French restaurant called La Perle de Prague on the top floor. Unfortunately we didn't go there, but I'm sure the view from up there would be magnificent.
The Dancing House is the nickname given to an office building. It was designed by Croatian-born Czech architect Vlado Milunić in co-operation with Canadian architect Frank Gehry on a vacant riverfront plot (where the previous building had been destroyed during the Bombing of Prague in 1945). The construction started in 1994 and was finished in 1996.
The very non-traditional design was controversial at the time. Czech president Václav Havel, who lived for decades next to the site, had supported it, hoping that the building would become a center of cultural activity.
Originally named Fred and Ginger (after Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - the house vaguely resembles a pair of dancers) the house stands out among the Neo-Baroque, Neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings for which Prague is famous.
On the roof is a French restaurant with magnificent views of the city. The building's other tenants include several multinational firms. (The plans for a cultural center were not realized.) Because it is situated next to a very busy road it depends on forced air circulation, making the interior somewhat less pleasant for its occupants.
The building is commonly known as the Dancing House due of the two figures (Ginger and Fred) that are visible in imaginary way in the massive structure of the facade. The transparent dome in metallic thread is built in Liberty style. It is one of the few houses of Prague that overcomes the line of regulation in its extension and with two columns it dynamically enters into the road space. The inside was completed by the Czech architect Eva Jiricna and by the American Frank O. Gehry.
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