The Dancing House

June 11, 2024


PhotographerEmanuele Nifosì 
Summary Author: Emanuele Nifosì 

Reinforced concrete, glass and steel have not only increased construction possibilities all over the world, but they've also changed the very concept of housing. The Dancing House, shown above, located in the center of Prague and standing along the banks of the Vltava River, is a prime example of modern architecture using new construction methods.

Designed by architects Vlado Milunič and Frank O. Gehry and built between 1992 and 1996, it was supposedly inspired by the dance style of the famous American dancing couple Fred Astaire (stone tower) and Ginger Rogers (tower of glass). The style, defined as deconstructivist or new baroque, also has clear references to Surrealism.

Thanks to the undulating pillars and creative use of glass, the 7-floor Dancing House obviously abandons the typical rigidity of traditional high-rise structures of the past. Designers can now conform to an idea and build a shape that's free of patterns. Photo taken on March 16, 2024.

Prague, Czech Republic Coordinates: 50.075587, 14.414208

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