Dancing House (Prague, Czech Republic)

In the center of the Czech capital, Prague, there is an unusual building known as the Dancing House, Drunk House and Ginger and Fred. Construction of the Dancing House began in 1994 and was completed two years later.

Previously, this site was a neoclassical building, which was destroyed during the bombing of Prague by the Americans in 1945. For many years after that, ruins lay on the site of the building, removed only in the 60s. For a long time, the future president of Czechoslovakia and then the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel, lived in a house next to the destroyed building, who wanted something no less beautiful to replace the building that once stood here. His dream came true when he became president of the Czech Republic and was able to start the construction process. Croatian architect Vlado Milunic and Canadian architect Frank Gehry were invited to implement the project. The architects decided to create a building in a deconstructivist style with unexpected broken lines. this best expressed the idea that they wanted to implement in this project - the break of Czech society from the totalitarian past and its evolution towards new radical changes.

The building consists of two towers - a curved one and a normal one. The normal tower represents the masculine Yang in Chinese philosophy, and the curved tower represents the feminine Yin. According to the architects, the feminine conquers the masculine in order to transform it. The curved tower was named Ginger after the dancer Ginger Rogers, and the male tower was named by Fred after the dancer Fred Astaire.

However, not all the ideas of the creators of the "Dancing House" were brought to life. It was originally planned that this house will become a temple of culture, that there will be a library and an art gallery, but now the Dancing House houses the offices of various companies. On the roof of the building there is a structure called "Medusa", which houses a French restaurant.

The inhabitants of Prague have different attitudes towards the "Dancing House", the majority (68%, according to polls) like this architectural miracle, which, in their opinion, fits perfectly into the style of Prague - "the city of a hundred towers", but there are those who are against the newfangled houses. Opponents say that next to the "Drunken House" are classic sights of Prague, such as the National Theater and Prague Castle, with which the pretentious style of the house does not match at all. In any case, "Dancing House" leaves no one indifferent.