The Dancing House of Prague, inspired by epic dancers Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, is located in the Nové Mesto district, between Rasinovo Nabrezi and Resslova Street, along the embankment of the Vltava river. Built on the ruins of a building bombed in 1945 by the Americans, contruction of the building began in 1992 and ended in 1996. The architect behind this piece of work is none other than Czech-Croatian Vlado Milunic in collaboration with the Canadian colleague Frank Gehry.
Its sinuous shape gave rise to the name “Dancing House”, later nicknamed Ginger and Fred. In fact, the building, supported by 99 concrete panels, is made up of two very different towers: one of glass and steel and the other of stone with a braided metal head. The first one is strongly restricted to the center and gently rests on the second one, creating the memory of the famous couple of dancers (Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire) captured in a passionate dance step.
The extravagant Dancing House (Tancici Dum in Czech) stands on a base that originally housed a nineteenth-century neo-Renaissance house. Originally, this was quite a controversial building due to its strong contrast with the style of the buildings in the area, but it was later accepted and coined as one of the six symbols of the rebirth of Prague. Today, the building is home to a number of offices, a Gallery of Modern Art, a boutique 21-room hotel (the Dancing House Hotel) and a luxurious restaurant (the Ginger & Fred) which has a roof terrace from where visitors can enjoy a magnificent view of the city.