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Dancing House

The Dancing House is the nickname given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building in Prague. It was designed by the architect Vlado Milunić in cooperation with 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 had avidly supported this project, hoping that the building would become a center of cultural activity.