Architect Vlado Milunić dies at 81; linked to Prague icon

PRAGUE — Vlado Milunić, a Czech architect of Croatian ancestry who co-designed Prague’s iconic Dancing Home constructing collectively together with his colleague Frank Gehry, has died at 81.

Czech public radio introduced his demise on Sunday and stated it was confirmed by his household. No particulars got. He was battling an unspecified critical sickness.

The Dancing Home is an uncommon constructing that resembles a pair of dancers; It’s is a uncommon instance of high modern structure in Prague, which in any other case abounds with picturesque historic buildings, church buildings and monuments.

Because of its form, the constructing is also referred to as Ginger and Fred after famed dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It’s fashioned by two central towers; the one referred to as Ginger is fabricated from glass and metal, whereas Fred has a concrete physique and a metallic head.

It’s situated on the financial institution of the Vltava River subsequent to the constructing the place the late President Vaclav Havel used to reside. It was constructed on a plot of land that earlier housed a Nineteenth-century neo-Renaissance constructing that was destroyed in a World Warfare II air bombardment.

Havel is alleged to have been the primary who talked to Milunić about making an architectural research for a potential arts heart on the plot. In 1992, the Dutch firm Nationale Nederlanden acquired it, looking for to construct an workplace constructing ,and Milunić approached Gehry to take part. He agreed.

Their nine-story venture was accomplished in 1996 and was named amongst “The Best Design of 1996” by Time journal.

The weird structure initially triggered some controversy, with critics saying it didn’t match its historic environment. However such arguments steadily disappeared and the constructing grew to become a must-seen website for vacationers alongside Prague’s historic landmarks just like the Charles Bridge and Prague Citadel.

Born on March 3, 1941, in Zagreb, Milunić lived in Prague together with his household since he was 16. He studied structure on the Czech Technical College the place he later grew to become a lecturer. Within the late Nineteen Sixties, he spent three years in Paris on internships.

Amongst his different tasks, the architect is thought for an condo complicated and a number of other retirement houses within the Czech capital in addition to properly a day-care heart for disabled youngsters within the metropolis of Ceske Budejovice.

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