Photograph by Pedro Szekely
The Dancing House or Fred and Ginger is the nickname given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building in Prague, Czech Republic. It was designed by the Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić in co-operation with the renowned Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. 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. 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 Hollywood kitsch to Prague”, so refuted his own idea.
The “Dancing House” is set on a property of great historical significance. Its site was the location of a house destroyed by the U.S. bombing of Prague in 1945. The plot and structure lay decrepit until 1960 when the area was cleared.
The style is known as deconstructivist (“new-baroque” to the designers) architecture due to its unusual shape. The “dancing” shape is supported by 99 concrete panels, each a different shape and dimension. On the top of the building is a large twisted structure of metal nicknamed Medusa. [Source: Wikipedia]
A bolt of lightning stabs the ground near the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino on the Las Vegas strip on July 27, 2013.
A convoy of Bactrian camels walk on the sands of Xiangshawan Desert in Ordos of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China.
Morning mist blankets the Pico de Orizaba, or Citlaltepetl mountain, in Mexico on July 23, 2013.
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The Milky Way stretches across the skies over Gem Island in Malaysia on June 2, 2013.
Tam Coc – Bich Dong is a popular tourist destination near the city of Ninh Binh in northern Vietnam.
The Tam Coc (“three caves”) portion is a three-hour excursion by small boat along the Ngô Đồng river, beginning at the village of Van Lam and proceeding through a scenic landscape dominated by rice fields and karst towers. The route includes floating through three natural caves (Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba), the largest of which is 125m long with its ceiling about 2m high above the water. The boats are typically rowed by one or two local women who also sell embroidered goods.
Bich Dong is a pagoda on nearby Ngu Nhac Mountain dating to 1428, comprising three structures: Ha, Trung, and Thuong Pagodas, in ascending order. Guided tours generally cover historical points and end with a pleasant view from the top.
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This is the breathtaking view from the outdoor pool at the Cambrian Hotel in Adelboden, Switzerland. Situated amid the pristine scenery of the Swiss Alps with mountain views in every direction, the year round destination is also within walking distance to the closest ski hill.