The Dancing House or Ginger & Fred in Prague

By : Mark V | 15 Nov 2011 12:30 am | Landmarks

The Dancing House, often called Ginger & Fred, is a weird, yet interesting building that can be found in Prague, Czech Republic. It was designed Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić in co-operation with Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry and it has many names such as the Dancing House or Dancing Building or Ginger & Fred.

The official name is different: the Nationale-Nederlanden building. The previous building located on this riverfront plot was destroyed in 1945, during the bombing of Prague and the new “dancing house” started to be built in 1992 being completed in 1996.

The Ginger & Fred was a bringer of contrasting opinions since the design was modern for that decade.The Czech president Václav Havel, lived near this house and he has always supported it,because he believed in the idea of architectural progress.

The house looks like a pair of dancers this is why it was named Fred and Ginger (after Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers) and it can be easily spotted since it is surrounded by Baroque, Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings.People often call it “Drunk House”. The house has multifunctional uses,having a French restaurant on its roof and its tenants are actually multinational firms.

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