Rudolf Steiner’s Goetheanum a “Philosophical Masterpiece”


The UK website Wallpaper* (which covers architecture, art, design, and more) has a concise appreciation: “Rudolf Steiner’s Goetheanum in Switzerland is a philosophical masterpiece.”

One of the largest reinforced concrete buildings of its time, the Goetheanum has an enigmatic design that combines the charismatic volume of Gaudí, with the zeal of an Orthodox onion dome and the command of a Brutalist masterpiece …

Steiner applied Goethe’s laws of metamorphosis to architecture, designing each part of the building as a cog in the greater machine with a greater purpose: colonnaded corridors circulate the main auditorium like devoted veins transmitting information into the heart of the vessel and cavernous staircases peel out like organ pipes sculpting the movement of sound …

There are a number of fine photographs by François Coquerel. Read more here.

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