The building, metaphorically known as „the Dancing House“ was built at the corner of the embankment and Jiráskovo Square. It was designed by the Croatian-born Czech architect Vlado Milunic who worked with with the Canadian architect Frank O. Gehry. Built between 1992 and 1996, Dancing House represents a modern contrast to Prague’s historic attractions.
An Unusual Shape
The building is an example of deconstructivist architecture, with an unusual shape – you can actually see a couple – woman and man dancing together, holding their hands, with a skirt that sways to the music. But, words cannot describe it. It is one of a few buildings in Prague to extend beyond its regulatory line and its shape appears to overhang the street supported by its ferroconcrete pillars. It is complemented by the interior design by the London architect of the Czech origin – Eva Jiřičná. The building is also known as „Fred & Ginger“, after Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers – the legendary American dancing couple.
Location Of The House
The site was originally occupied by the Neo-renaissance house dating back to the end of the 19th century. That house was, however, destroyed during the Nazzi bombardment in 1945, just missing the neighbouring Art Nouveau house of Vaclav Havel – leading figure of the Velvet Revolution in 1989, the last president of Czechoslovakia and first president of the Czech Republic. The Dancing House stands out among the Neo-Baroque, Neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings that Prague is famous for. The very non-traditional design was controversial at the time causing a big public debate. After ten years, emotions have subsided, and the house finally deserves its own place in modern Prague.
Dancing House Nowadays
The house is presently used as an office building. However, you can visit the restaurant situated on its top floor which affords a magnificent panoramic view of the Vltava River and the Prague Castle.
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