A symbol of modern architecture
Tančící dům (Dancing House or Fred and Ginger), one of the most controversial buildings in Prague, is situated in the place of an apartment house destroyed during WWII on the corner of Rašínovo nábřeží and Jiráskovo náměstí. Václav Havel was behind the beginning of the concept, who coincidentally lived in the neighbouring house with Slovenian architect Vlado Milunić. Havel foresaw a significant community centre there. However, in 1996 Dancing House, originally the National Nederlanden Building was opened as an office complex with interiors designed by Eva Jiřičná.
In 2013, Dancing House was bought by PSN with a view to opening it to the public in accordance with the original intention of Václav Havel. Today, the house is a place where various cultural and social worlds meet. You can find offices as well as an art gallery there. The asymmetrical rooms and inclined walls of the building are ideal for presenting works of art.
A French restaurant is seated on the highest floor of the nine-storey building. The Glass Bar offers a terrace with a panorama view of a whole of Prague. In both towers, luxury suites of a four-star hotel are located.
Ginger and Fred
Architect Vlado Milunić with American architect Frank O. Gehry found inspiration in the famous dancing couple Ginger Rogers and Fred Astair. The two towers remind you of the silhouettes of the dancers. This is the origin of the official name of the building – Ginger and Fred. The top of the stone tower is decorated by a metal dome – the head of Medusa. The house is built in the Deconstructivism style was awarded the prestigious American Times Award for Design of the Year. It has become a symbol of the Prague’s modern architecture.