Miluniæ and Gehry's Dancing House
Milunic and Gehry's Dancing House © Matteo Piotto
This unique building is so famous it even had a coin issued with its likeness printed on it, celebrating ten years of architecture in the Czech Republic. Designed by Croatian-born Czech architect Vlado Miluniæ together with renowned Canadian architect Frank Gehry, it was originally named 'Fred and Ginger', as it looked like a woman and a man (Ginger Rogers and Fred Astair) dancing together. The building was designed in 1992 and completed in 1996. Construction is from 99 concrete panels each of different shape and dimension, each therefore requiring a unique wooden form. The building is a popular tourist photo opportunity, though there is nothing of interest to see inside.
When it was first built it was controversial because its modern and unusual design was thought by some to contrast too starkly with the Gothic architecture for which Prague is so famous; however, over the years it has become a well-loved and supported landmark in the city and it has been praised worldwide for its innovative design and originality. The Dancing House was built on a significant site: the building that was there previously was destroyed by bombing during World War Two. The design is meant to be symbolic of the changes undergone by the Czech Republic from communist regime to parliamentary democracy.
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