Dancing House, Prague

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Tancici dum, Rasinovo nabrezi, Praha 2

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    "ginger and fred"

    by doug48 Updated Jun 20, 2008

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    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.

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    Tancici dum

    by lina112 Written Aug 14, 2006

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    Is the most original building that i´ve seen in my life. It was built on 1996 by the architects Vlado Milunic and Frank O Gehry. Is very well know as Ginger and Fred on tribute to the famous couple.

    Es el edificio mas original que he visto en mi vida y me encantó. Fue construido en 1996 por los arquitectos Vlado Milunic y Frank O Gehry. También es conocido como Ginger y Fred en homenaje a la famosa pareja.

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    Funny House

    by Tasia Written Nov 20, 2004

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    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!

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    The Dancing House

    by Carmela71 Written Mar 4, 2005

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    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…..

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    The Dancing House

    by alancollins Written Feb 12, 2007

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    One of the more controversial office buildings in Prague is the dancing house. It’s also known as Fred & Ginger as the building has the appearance of 2 dancers in this case Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The building was a collaboration of 2 architects Frank Gehry and Vlado Milunic. The building replaced a former bomb site and was completed in 1996. It houses a Dutch Bank and there is a French Restaurant on the top floor. The neighbouring house, was co-owned by Czech ex-president Vaclav Havel, who lived there from his childhood until the mid-1990s.

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    Dancing down by the river

    by Orbital_ Updated Mar 11, 2006

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    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.

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    The Dancing Building (Tancici Dum)

    by bugalugs Written Feb 25, 2005

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    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.

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    by grkboiler Written Oct 31, 2004

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    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.

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    Milunic and Gehry's Dancing House

    by Santini738 Written Jul 12, 2007

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    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.

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    Fred and Ginger

    by MLW20 Written Oct 25, 2006

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    The Dancing House was designed by architect Frank Gehry. It is an amazing and unique building to see in person.

    It is worth the walk to check it out for a few minutes.

    We didn't go inside but there is a restaurant on the top floor- La Perle de Prague

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    Nove Mesto: The dancing house

    by OlafS Updated Oct 20, 2004

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    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.

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    Fred and Ginger

    by Dabs Updated Sep 3, 2009

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    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.

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    Fred and Ginger

    by SandiMandi Updated Jul 22, 2007

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    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.

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    Tancici dum (The dancing house)

    by gmg61 Updated Nov 24, 2006

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    The "Dancing house" (also called "Ginger and Fred") is a very controversial modern building, on the river quai after the National Theatre in direction od Podoly and Visehrad (Rasinovo Nabrezi). It was built 10 years ago, following a project of the american architect Frank Gehry. Its vertical curves make a big contrast with the old classical buildings around.
    It hosts mainly offices and a bar on the upper terrace.

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    Dancing House

    by kirsty_lamb Written Apr 24, 2006

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    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.

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