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Genry's very non-traditional design of Dancing House 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, who lived for decades next to the site, avidly supported this project, however, hoping that the building would become a center of cultural activity.
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