The Manchester School of Architecture posted a film last year from a field trip to The Dancing House in Prague. I remember seeing images of this building when it was completed in the mid-nineties. This short film is an interesting look at the history of the site, the architect’s inspiration, and the building as it stands today.
When this structure was conceived, architect Frank Gehry was challenging the modernist notion that form follows function. Feeling constrained by traditional drafting software, Gehry adopted software (CATIA) used by aerospace engineers and ship builders to design complex curvilinear forms. Fifteen years later Gehry’s Deconstructivist influence is evident in cities around the world.