Dancing House, Prague
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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"
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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.
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.