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Rudolf Steiner's Goetheanum

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The Goetheanum, located in Dornach (near Basel), Switzerland, is the world center for the anthroposophical movement, and was designed by Rudolf Steiner and named after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Modern architects who have visited and praised the Goetheanum's architecture include Henry van de Velde, Frank Lloyd Wright, Hans Scharoun and Frank Gehry. Steiner's architecture is characterized by a liberation from traditional architectural constraints, especially through the departure from the right-angle as a basis for the building plan. For the first Goetheanum he achieved this in wood by employing boat builders to construct its rounded forms; for the second Goetheanum by using concrete to achieve sculptural shapes on an architectural scale. The use of concrete to achieve organically expressive forms was an innovation for the times; in both buildings, Steiner sought to create forms that were spiritually expressive.

The Goetheanum includes two performance halls (1500 seats), gallery and lecture spaces, a library, a bookstore, and administrative spaces for the Anthroposophical Society; neighboring buildings house the Society's research and educational facilities. Conferences focusing on themes of general interest occur several times a year. Specialist conferences for teachers, farmers, doctors, therapists, and other professions are held regularly, as well. The Goetheanum is open for visitors seven days a week and offers tours several times daily.

Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner (25/27 February 1861[2] – 30 March 1925) was an Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect, and esotericist. He gained initial recognition as a literary critic and cultural philosopher. At the beginning of the 20th century, he founded a spiritual movement, Anthroposophy, as an esoteric philosophy growing out of European transcendentalism and with links to Theosophy.
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Incident Report(s)

TITLE LOCATION DATE
Rudolf Steiner's GoetheanumGoetheanum, Dornach, SwitzerlandJan 25 2012
Bern MünsterBern Münster, BernJun 23 2012
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