The Second Goetheanum

About the project

Rudolf Steiner’s second Goetheanum, completed in 1928, is situated in the mountainous region of Dornach, Switzerland, Steiner’s first Goetheanum was completed in 1919 and comprised primarily of sculpted wood. but after only a few years, it burned down by arson. Steiner designed the second Goetheanum as an illustration of ‘a new style of architecture. it represents a pioneering use of visible concrete in architecture, particularly in its achievement of sculptural shapes on an architectural scale. 

About the designer

Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner (February 1861 – 30 March 1925) was an Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect, esotericist, and claimed clairvoyant. Steiner gained initial recognition at the end of the nineteenth century as a literary critic and published philosophical works including The Philosophy of Freedom. At the beginning of the twentieth century he founded an esoteric spiritual movement, anthroposophy, with roots in German idealist philosophy and theosophy; other influences include Goethean science and Rosicrucianism.