The architecturally attractive and very unconventionally conceived building by the architects Vlado Milunić and Frank O. Gehry, located not far from our Kampagarden hotel in the centre of Prague 1, on the right bank of the River Vltava, was completed in 1996. It is inspired by the famous dancing partners Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers or “Fred and Ginger” and has become a photogenic icon for tourism in the Czech Republic and the city of Prague. The façade of the building is made up of two towers reminiscent of a dancing couple.
President Václav Havel himself supported this project greatly, hoping that the city centre would become a place of cultural activities. The building sparked turbulent public discussion about the architecture of Prague: Some praise it as modern architecture, others argue that it disrupts historical Prague and destroys the panorama – we will let you be the judge of that. Our hotel is located nearby in the centre of Prague just like this building. The Dancing House won the highest possible accolade in 1996 in the design category in the American magazine Time and was ranked among the five most important Czech buildings of the 1990s in the Czech magazine “Architect”, later even going on to adorn a special gold coin.