Look!: Modern Architecture in Prague

Look!: Modern Architecture in Prague

Colleen Quinn
Aug 18, 2008

One of our favorite Escapes ever was the week we spent in Prague a couple of years ago. We admit it- we love Prague. We love it for its beautiful music, for its elaborate castle, for its friendly people, and most of all for its incredible architecture. In a city renowned for its Baroque and Gothic buildings, it is encouraging to find that some architects are pushing the envelope of modern design...

The Dancing House pictured above was designed by Frank Gehry in the early 1990s, and the building opened to mixed reviews in 1996. Unfortunately, the Dancing House is not a house at all; the building is home to a variety of multinational firms and an excellent French restaurant at the top floor.

Calling to mind a couple dancing along the riverbank, the Dancing House has become a popular stop for tourists- one we think is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. We stumbled upon the building when touring Prague, and were instantly enchanted. The building really does seem to move, and its placement in a neighborhood of more traditional buildings serves to highlight and celebrate its difference. Though we love Prague for its classic architecture, we love it a little bit more now for giving us this unexpected and utterly delightful bit of modernism.

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