G for Gehry (Frank) and the Fred and Ginger Building

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Tančící dům (The Dancing House)

This week brings us to Prague where this unusual modern building can be found alongside the River Vltavar. Originally named Fred and Ginger (after Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – because the house resembles a pair of dancers) the house stands out among the Baroque, Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings for which Prague is famous.

G - Frank GEHRY fred-&-ginger

It was designed by Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić in co-operation with Canadian architect Frank Gehry on a vacant riverfront plot (where the previous building had been destroyed during the Bombing of Prague in 1945). The building was designed in 1992 and completed in 1996.

I’ll let you decide which one is Ginger 🙂

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

24 thoughts on “G for Gehry (Frank) and the Fred and Ginger Building”

  1. One of my favourite Prague landmarks Jude. Who would have thought that such a potentially incongruous building would fit in so well, with the architecture of this ancient city?
    Regards as always, Pete.

    1. It has been very cleverly designed to balance with those Baroque buildings at either side of it. I just love the wavy windows and how they look like picture frames.

  2. What an incredible building and photograph Jude, and what a great name, The Fred and Ginger! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like this, brilliant photo for this theme!
    PS How are things today gremlin wise? I’m ok so far but had problems last night ;-( xx

    1. I love architecture which is why I am attempting to do this A-Z challenge using buildings or some sort of architectural link (bridges maybe) or other urban items rather than places. We shall see how it goes!

      I am doing OK today so far, but last night was pretty dreadful. I gave up on WP using Chrome.

      1. Yes, this is a great challenge for you Jude with all your wonderful photos.

        Last night was very bad. I’ve had trouble loading pages today so despite me thinking that Chrome was better I was wrong so will do the same as you now.

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