Dancing House, Fred and Ginger Building Prague, Czech Architecture Design, Project
Dancing House Prague : ‘Fred and Ginger’ Building
Contemporary Czech Architecture – design by Vlado Milunic / Frank Gehry Architect
‘Fred and Ginger’
Design: Vlado Milunic with Frank Gehry Architects
Location: Tančící dům, Rašínovo nábřeží 1981/80, Praha city centre, Czech Republic
Photos added 15 Mar 2013
aka The Dancing Building, officially the Rasin Building
Idea of the Dancing House was discussed first between Czech architect Vlado Milunić and the then dissident Václav Havel, who lived in the neigbouring “House 2000”, owned by the Havel family since its construction. Nationale Nederlanden insurance company agreed to invest the project, asking Milunić to have also a partner of world prestige.
After Jean Nouvel turned down the invitation, Frank Gehry accepted. He nicknamed the project Fred and Ginger.
The principles adopted include contrast of the static and dynamic (yin & yang) “figures” of “Fred” and “Ginger”, “Fred” having the head hair ball dominant called “Medusa”.
The river front shows marks of deconstructivist style. Some interiors of the investor’s offices were designed by Eva Jiricna Architects (ed, worked on by the e-architect editor, Adrian Welch, a difficult project fitting rectilinear furniture within an organic shape which changed on every floor level). Completed 1996, first very controversial for the Prague citizens, now widely acknowledged piece of art.
Dancing House Prague – ‘Fred and Ginger’ Building images / information from Ivan Andera
Fred & Ginger building, Jiraskuv Bridge, central Prague
Architect: Frank Gehry Architects with Vlado Milunic
aka The Dancing House (Czech: Tancící dum), or The Dancing Building, or Drunk House, officially the Rasin Building
Location: by the Vltava river southwest of centre
Address: Nationale-Nederlanden building, Rašínovo nábreží 80, 120 00 Praha 2
Vlado Milunic is a Croatian-born Czech architect
Frank Gehry is Canadian and one of the most famous architects in the world
Fred and Ginger Prague design : Frank Gehry
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image from Eva Jiricna Architects
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photo © Adrian Welch
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