About a hundred metres downriver from the National Theatre, stands the best known - and the most controversial - modern building in Prague, the Dancing Building. Featuring two curved towers "waltzing", it is also referred to as the Fred and Ginger.
It is a strange twisted building sitting on a corner and jutting out slightly.
The architecture in Prague is stunning, and we spent hours walking the streets and taking it all in. This building is a real contrast to the architecture you see around Old Town Square and Charles Bridge, but somehow it doesn't look out of place. I also wanted to post this picture because it proves that the sun did come out for us while we were in Prague, lol!
To give you an idea of the contrast of the Dancing Building to its surroundings take a look at this picture. This historical tower is in a canal along the river just across the street diagonally from the Dancing Building.
One of the more controversial buildings in Prague is the "Dancing Building" also known as "Fred and Ginger". Designed by the California archetict Frank O. Gehry. It seems out of place at first. Prague is one of the few cities in eastern Europe to have escaped World War II with minimal damage. So this modern building almost stands alone amid the many historical buildings in Prague.
There is a lot of fascinating information about this building on the internet. So it pays to research it and read about it. It is designed in the tradition of deconstructive acrhitecture. The building is situated on a site where American bombs accidently destoryed a building at the end of World War II. When first looking at the building the left side seems to have been crushed thus recreating a allusion to the effects of the violence from the bombs. And yet at the same time it appears to be whimsical and dancing. I found it fascinating and yet somewhat out of place. But like Our Lady Before Tyn, this building also kept haunting me and I felt myself drawn to it on several occasions. Upon returning home I found that I had taken way too many pictures of this building. But then again that was the effect it had upon me.
Never imagine that I building can dance as this building seems to do.
Amazing to find it and very nice to visit.
It reminds me as the Guggenheim in Bilbao!
Is one of the tips top when visiting Prague and you should not miss it, also because it is really easy to find it.... along the river, so if you walk, you will definetely find out in front of you!
Dance together and you will find great fun!
This is affectionately called the "Fred and Ginger House" or simply the "Dancing House". This building was built by Vlado Milunic and Frank O'Ghery in 1996. It doesn't seem to quite fit but it is an interesting "eye" piece. Around the corner is the apartment building where President Havel decided to reside instead of at Prague Castle.
Dancing House - Tancici Dum
'The Fred and Ginger Building'
Well, if not the image says it all, I guess the nicknames do!!! This modern piece of architecture, completed in 1996, was designed by architect Frank O. Gehry. Prior to the construction, many people were critical, claiming the building would destroy the historical value of the site, but after it was built, the critics turned into impressed Praguers.
I'm not sure of its Czech name, but how cool is that? I wonder why this building is not more well known. In fact, it was designed by the very famous architect Frank Gehry who has designed many famous buildings including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa, Spain. Inside is the Prague headquarters of the Dutch insurance group ING opened in 1996.
We stayed five minutes away from the Ginger and Fred building designed by my favourite architect Mister Frank Gehry.!!! The building is otherwise also known as the Dancing Building by the Czechs. Most of it is occupied by offices though I'd be very surprise if there were even any, the rent would be just too high! Apparantly, the building sparked an uproar by people who thought it would have destroyed the historical value of the site but after it was built, they all seemed baffled by it and very impressed. The Ginger and Fred sits on the banks of the New Town(Nove Mesto) overlooking the Vltava River. Other famous buildings designed by Frank Gehry are the Guggenhiem Museum in Bilbao and New York City, and of course the Lowry in Salford Quays, Manchester!!!
It's a remarkable design and its resulting impression of a dancing couple gave the building its characteristic name of the Dancing Building.
The building provides a unique view across
the Vltava River towards the Lesser Town and the Prague Castle.
Modern Prague follows in the footsteps of the great architectural achievments of the Old Prague. One exmple of interesting modern day architecture is the so called 'Dancing House'. If you look closely, you'll notice it has a kind of a Ginger & Fred twist about it.
Not some where to actually visit but to view from outside.
Built in the early 90's apparently it has caused some controversy amongst the locals
This is one of the few modern buildings in the center of Prague, and it has fitted in very well adding variety and style. It is located in Nove Mesto on the Vltava's riverbank.
Built 1992 to 1996 on blank space left by air raid in February 1945
Nicknamed Fred & Ginger
One of the most famous and contoversial building in Prague got its name because of two "dancing" towers. Must see activity for all fans of architecture.