The Dancing House, Prague
The Dancing House (Czech: Tančící dům) or Fred and Ginger is the nickname given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building inPrague, Czech Republic, at Rašínovo nábřeží (Rašín’s riverbank). It was designed by the Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić in co-operation with the renowned Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry on a vacant riverfront plot. The building was designed in 1992 and completed in 1996.
The very non-traditional design was controversial at the time because the house stands out among the Baroque, Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings for which Prague is famous and in the opinion of some it does not accord well with these architectural styles. The then Czech president, Václav Havel, who lived for decades next to the site, had avidly supported this project, hoping that the building would become a center of cultural activity.
Gehry originally named the house Fred and Ginger (after the famous dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – the house resembles a pair of dancers) but this nickname is now rarely used; moreover, Gehry himself was later “afraid to import American Hollywoodkitsch to Prague”, so refuted his own idea.
Team IG-Sigma Sport Cycling descend Sa Calobra, Mallorca
Since a while I haven’t been posting anything and to be honest I haven’t ridden my bike in long either. But the end is near so in 2014 I can be “active” once again.
6:09 minutes well spent
Weather in the Czech Republic has not been that great this summer. Today it is 18 degrees. So that means that this weekend I checked my MTB (“Burry”), cleaned him up a little and it is ready to go for another fall/winter season :)
A hand-made map of the Suzuka circuit, signed by Senna. A Grand Prix in October 1993, his last race in Japan. What amazes everyone is that he pointed to his gear shifts.
just very cool