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Amidst the historic attractions, the classic Baroque edifices and Art Nouveau facades along the Rašínovo nábřeží in New Town, Prague, stands this amusing rather whimsical building that looks like a dancing couple.

The Nationale-Nederlanden building, more fondly called as The Dancing House (Czech: Tančící dům), was designed in 1992 and completed in 1996. Designed by Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić in co-operation with Canadian architect Frank Gehry, the building stands out among the edifices alongside the Vltava River.

The Dancing House viewed from Jiraskuv Most, Prague
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 18mm | 1/200s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

The Dancing House, Prague
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 26mm | 1/80s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Originally named Ginger and Fred, the building is an example of deconstructivist architecture, with an unusual form. It represents two dancers Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers. The glass tower Ginger bends and clings to the concrete tower Fred, which has a metal cupola on the top, representing hair.

The Dancing House Detail 02
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 20mm | 1/125s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

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