On Sunday, June 20, Dancing House will celebrate 25 years since its opening. On this occasion, the technical background of the building, which is still inaccessible, will be opened to the public. At the same time, the Dance House will symbolically glow green for 25 days.
Pump system in the background of Dancing House.
“For this warning, we opened a technical circuit where you can see the technical background and inaccessible standard rooms. On the second floor minus you will see the pumping station, boilers, distribution system, air conditioning, which supplies the entire Dancing House. has a separate heating system. Everything is done here with the help of air conditioning,” explains Dancing House gallery director Robert Vjtek at the exhibition.
The unique house, named after the iconic dancing couple Ginger and Fred, located in Prague on the Rašín embankment, was designed by architects Frank Gehry and Vlado Milunić. This is one of the most photographed buildings in Prague.
“On the minus first floor, you can see the courtyard and the inside view of the Dancing House building which has never been opened. You’ll see how the Dancing House is actually built, which is spread over 99 separate concrete panels. It was created using Katia’s first electronic system, “introduced the director of another section of the exhibition.
The boiler room at Dancing House
Photo: Dance House Gallery Archives
Few people know that former President Václav Havel, whose apartment was next door to the Dancing House, also took part in the idea of building the Dancing House.
“Václav Havel lived in the same house as Vlado Milunić and one day they stood on Václav Havel’s balcony and looked at the crack that appeared after the bombed house from 1945 and wondered what could be built here. And Václav Havel had such an idea so he wanted to turn this gap into a multifunctional center that would be open to people,” Vůjtek explains the history of the house.
From the top floor of this building, you can see a very interesting view of the unique Glass Bar. Prague Castle, almost the entire center of Prague and the roofs of old Prague are visible.
The groundbreaking was carried out in September 1994, the building began operating on June 20, 1996, which is 25 years this year. At first, this unusually modern building was met with criticism, but it eventually became one of the most popular buildings in Prague.
Since its inception, Dancing House has been visited by around 3 million visitors, last year around 600,000 visitors.
The technical circuit is part of the Prague Decades exhibition, the symbolic entrance fee is 25 crowns and can be visited from 18 June to 3 October.
Frank Owen Gehry
American architect Frank Owen Gehry was born in Toronto, Canada and rose to fame primarily as a formal expressive building writer. Its most famous buildings include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, USA. Gehry has also had an academic career, being a professor at Columbia University in New York and also at Yale.
In the Czech Republic, he is best known as a co-author of the design of the Dancing House in Prague. The second author is Vlado Milunić.
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