“A real building is one on which the eye can light and stay lit.” – Ezra Pound
The Dancing House (Tancící dum) is the nickname given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building in Prague, Czech Republic. It was designed by the Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunic in co-operation with the renowned Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry on a vacant riverfront plot.
Completed in 1996, the “Dancing House” stands on a site of some of historical significance. It was the location of a house destroyed by the U.S. bombing of Prague in 1945. The plot lay empty until 1960 when the area was cleared. The neighbouring plot was co-owned by the family of Václav Havel who spent most of his life there and who became President of Czechoslovakia after the Velvet Revolution.