This building sits on the riverfront and is just down the road from the cathedral of Saints Cyril and Methodius where the Czech Paratroopers hid in World War II.
It was designed by Frank Gehry and it sits on the corner of the Jiraskuv Bridge. Its official title is the Rasin Building, but these days most people call it the Fred and Ginger building due to the look it has of two dancers intertwined. The name Fred and Ginger (or even Ginger and Fred) doees of course relate to the two well known dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers who made many dancing films together.
Yet another name for this building is the "Dancing Building"
Th house was created from a picture of Fred and Ginger, the dancers. To be honest we weren't going to go out of our way to view it, as it didn't really look that great from the pictures we had seen. However we did stumble upon it, and it was actually quite nice to see. WAY less unattractive than it looks in most of the pitures, so if your near it is worth a walk past, but I wouldn't cross town to take a look.
This building, built between 1992-96, is a contrast to Prague's historic buildings. It is home to one of Prage's leading restaurants. The arcitects initially named it the "Astaire & Rogers Building" after the legendary dance duo.
Even if you're usually indifferent to modern architecture, it's hard not to be wowed by Prague's stunning, Frank Gehry-designed 'Dancing Building' (Tancici Dum). The organic, curving glass contrasting against the straighter more conservative partner give the impression of a dancing couple; evoking the classic couple Fred & Ginger in the hearts and minds of all who set eyes upon the dazzling structure.
Built between 1992-1996 for an insurance company, the Dancing Building (or House) is crazy looking, and appears somewhat out of place amongst the usual Prague architecture.
The building is nick-named Fred and Ginger, as it looks like two people dancing…and it really does! Hopefully my photo does it justice. Besides housing offices, it is home to one of Prague's top restaurants.
It was one of the things I really wanted to see on our visit so made sure we squeezed in a trip to this part of town.
The people of Prague like to call it "Ginger and Fred" :)
It was built in 1996 according to the design of one American and one Belgrade architects. I loved it. It perfectly shows the conection btw old and new . Fantastic !
Located on the corner of Rasinovo nabrezi and Resslova street, the Dancing House is now home to one of the city's leading restaurants - La Perle de Prague. Its daring, curvy outlines led its architects, Vlado Milunc and the American Frank O Gehry, to initially name it the "Astaire & Rogers Building", after the legendary dancing duo.
Built between 1992-1996, it is surprising how well it fits in with its ageing neighbours.
On our way back from the Castle of Vysehrad walking through the river promenade we discovered the Dancing house, also called in some places Fred and Ginger.
Another impressive architecture from Prague
for this time our itinerary to visit Prague Finnish here, till our next visit, that hopefully will be soon…..
If you go to St Cyril and Methodius church, not far away is this building built in 1996 and has affectionately been nicknames Fred and Ginger (after Astaire and Rogers - American actors/dancers from the 1940/50's).The stone building to the right represents the male dancer and the glass tower on the left the female.
This is a really unique building for Prague, or any city for that matter. It was vacated by the Americans during WW2, when they bombed the existing building, thinking they were over Dresden, Germany.
The co-architect is Frank Geary. It's called the Dancing Building, or the Fred & Ginger (as in Astair and Rogers) as the left side of the building appears to be leaning against the right, like a dancing couple.
The walk south will take you about 15 minutes from Charles Bridge, on one of Prague's nosiest streets.
The dancing house shows a more modern side to Prague, it's a bit weird, especiially after you expect to see 16 century churches and nothing but them, and some people don't really see anything special about it, but just look at it - it does take some thought and imagination to come up with such design :))
It's really something funny and modern.As far as i remember this house belongs to Cubism stile and was build in 1997.Now it's bank(he,he...i can imagine, funny place to make money:)).Nice area to walk around and enjoy this wonderfull city!
What on earth is this all about ? A dancing house ? It might look as though this is about to fall down but it was actually designed this way. Known affectionatly as "Fred & Ginger" these buildings are well worth seeking out. Follow the riverbank along from the Old Town and you'll find these opposite the 2nd bridge .. trust me you won't miss 'em !
On your walk down Masarykovo Nabrezi you will hit the famous Dancing Building. This is one of the most interesting and controversial buildings in Prague and the entire world. It is nicknamed "Fred and Ginger" after the famous dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It was built in the mid-1990's by American architect Frank Gehry and Czech designer Vladimir Milunic.
In 1995 this rather strange looking building was under construction. I had read about it in several architecture magazines, and knew it was very controversial at the time, replacing several burnt-down Jugendstil houses. Today it seems to be a popular sight with tourists while locals must have become used to it by now. It's also named Fred and Ginger or Ginger and Fred because it consists of two "towers" entangled in a dance. Vlado Milunic and Frank Gehry were the architects.