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The Dancing House ("Ginger and Fred" House) [Prague, Czech Republic]

From the photoblog on 02/20/10.


Seen in today's entry is The Dancing House (Czech: Tančící dům), located in downtown Prague, Czech Republic. This is one of the most unusual buildings I have ever encountered in my life. Prior to my walk around the city, I had no idea that this building even existed: a walk around the city led me to this awesome intersection and the view seen here...


From Wikipedia: The Dancing House is the nickname given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building in downtown Prague, at Rašínovo nábřeží 80, 120 00 Praha 2. It was designed by Croatian-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 building was designed in 1992 and completed in 1996.The building is an example of deconstructivism (architecture characterized by ideas of fragmentation) with an unusual shape, as you can see. The building reflects a woman and man (Ginger Rogers and Fred Astair) dancing together. Construction is from 99 concrete panels each of different shape and dimension (as such, each one requires a unique form/base).


The building's unusual shape has created quite a bit of controversy in Prague. Czech president Václav Havel, who lived for decades next to the site, had supported the construction and design, hoping that the building would become a center of cultural activity (it hasn't, for the most part, but the building is an iconic part of modern Prague). In 2005 the Czech National Bank issued a gold coin with the motif of the Dancing House, as the final coin of the series '10 Centuries of Architecture.'


When I captured this shot on a lovely evening in Prague, I thought to myself that I will have a lot of post-processing work ahead of me. Why? Because I thought about removing all those tram power lines at the top in post-processing. But after thinking about it for a while, I realized that, in fact, those lines are an iconic part of the city. And while I tend to remove distracting elements from the images I post here on Erudite Expressions, doing so for this particular image would be a disservice, as I wouldn't be fairly representing the unique aspect of this city.


What do you think of this building's shape? Does it remind you of two dancers? Did you notice the man at the bottom, with his arm placed against the traffic light? Finally, what's the most unusual (or interesting) building that you've ever seen in person?


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Taken on July 6, 2009