Sacred Sites

Sacred Sites: Goetheanum

The world center for the anthroposophical movement, The Goetheanum, is located in Dornach, Switzerland. Named after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, a German philosopher, and scientist, Steiner designed this feat of architecture to include two performance halls with 1500 seats, a library, an art gallery, lecture spaces, a bookstore and more.

The first iteration of the Goetheanum was built using wood and concrete around 1908, with an intention of being a “Gesamtkunstwerk“, which is a German word for “the synthesis of diverse artistic media and sensory effects.” The building was destroyed by arson in on New Years Eve on December 31, 1922.

In 1923, designs for the Second Goetheanum began. Using concrete only, the building was finally completed in 1928, unfortunately after the architect involved had passed away.

This sacred site is open to all visitors seven days a week and has been granted status as a Swiss national monument.

Cited as a masterpiece of modern architecture by art critic Michael Brennan, The Goetheanum is a “true masterpiece of 20th-century expressionist architecture”.

Take an aerial tour of the Goetheanum by watching the video below!

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