It may sound crazy to you – a house that dances? Impossible! But it is real! Located on the corner of Rasinovo Nabrezi and Resslova street, alongside the Vltava River.
The Dancing House is the nickname given to a building designed by Croatian-born Czech architect Vlado Milunic in a co-operation with Canadian architect Frank Gehry. Built between 1994-1996, Dancing House is a strikingly modern contrast to Prague’s historic attractions.
The building is an example of a 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. Words can’t describe it. You have got to see it!
The building is also called Ginger & Fred, referring to Ginger Rogers and Fred Astair – the legendary dance duo.
The site was originally occupied by a house in the Neo-renaissance style from the end of the 19th century. That house was, however, destroyed during bombing in 1945, just missing the neighbouring Art Nouveau house of Vaclav Havel – leading figure of the Velvet Revolution of 1989, 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 are over, and the house has its place in modern Prague.
How to get there:
The Dancing House is within walking distance from the underground station Karlovo Namesti (yellow line B). Or you can take a tram number 17.
For more pictures see Dancing House Photo Gallery