Prague is mostly about historical monuments and buildings. Today, Bohemia Apartments Prague introduce you to the building which attracted the attention of a wide professional and lay public and despite conflicting views it has become an integral part of Prague.
Which house are we talking about? The modern and unusual building on the corner Rašín and Jirasek Square and the waterfront – the Dancing House. Originally, this place became a tenement which was accidentally destroyed by bombs during the Second World War by American intervention. Until the early nineties of the 20th century the area remained empty and unused. It is worth to note that the owner of the parcel was the former Czech president Vaclav Havel (Please read related article A Tribute To Vaclav Havel).
Dancing House construction began in 1994 and was completed two years later. It is the first building of the world’s top architects which was constructed in Prague after the Velvet Revolution.
And now to the name. The house is named after the shape of its two corner towers which are inspired by the famous interwar dancing pair of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (hence the other name Ginger and Fred). Dancer is a stone tower, his girlfriend glass. At the top of the stone tower is located dome structure consisting of metal tubes symbolizing hair.
The house was designed by Croatian architect Vlado Milunič and American Frank O. Henry. The whole building stands near the line of buildings, windows are scattered around the perimeter. The building is composed of 99 panels, each of which is original because it has a different shape. Unique house got into the Czech Architect Magazine among the five most important Czech constructions of the nineties of the 20th century. In 1996 the building was awared by the U.S. Time magazine in the category of the prestigious design of the year.
The building has nine floors and two underground floors. Besides offices we can find there a luxury café and restaurant (Celeste) located in the top two floors. The restaurant offers superb modern French cuisine and perfect service and also offers visitors an amazing view of Petrin hill and Prague Castle. Interior decorating has been made by British-Czech architect Eva Jiricna. The whole avant-garde building deserves the same attention of visitors such as Prague’s famous buildings of past times. Prague can be justly proud of the Dancing House. With this house Prague has became also the heart of modern architecture.
Come to see the Dancing House. About your accommodation and comfort will take care Bohemia Apartments Prague with its luxury apartments in the city centre.