Anthroposophic Architecture

SWITZERLAND

The visionary founder of Antroposophy, Rudolf Steiner, with his first and second Goetheanum (the first was burned down by the nazis) created a special style designed to be softer, more playful and human-friendly than traditional architecture; a style which has since been developed further by a host of subsequent Antroposophic architects.

Goetheanum (1925-1928), Dornach

GERMANY

Joachim Haider is an example of the many antroposophic architects inspired by Steiner.

School (model)

SWEDEN

The late Sweden-based Danish architect Erik Asmussen designed most of the unusal-shaped buildings at the Rudolf Steiner Seminary in Ytterjärna.

The Culture House (1992), Ytterjärna

More about Swedish antroposophic architecture: Antroposofi.info

Beautifully located at the foot of a small mountain, overlooking a little lake, is the Solvik School, resembling something out of a fairy tale.

Solvikskolan

The Solvik School, near Järna

UK

Welsh Christopher Day seems to be a true antroposphic/organic architect, and a sculptor as well, with a touch of the medieval.

Steiner Kindergarten (1989), Nant-y-cwm

Scotland-based antroposophic architect group Camphill Architects, design more modern and colourful houses.

Joan of Arc Hall, Botton, Yorkshire

NETHERLANDS

Dutch Anton Alberts in a video-interview said something to the effect that Form is Spirit made visible (seemingly indicating that World of Ideas which Plato tried to describe). He also explained that shapes based on the square have played an important roll in humankind developing the concrete mind, that quantitative intelligence which has led to the scientific and technical development we see today. He predicted that in the future, as humankind also develops intuition and more spiritual qualities, buildings will be based on the circle (or sphere). But that this would be too radical a step right now (or back in the 80s when the interview was conducted) and therefore recommended still rectilinear but rounded and angled shapes as a first step on the way towards a softer future.

The ING Bank (1982), Amsterdam

Gasuniege HQ, Groningen

Gasuniege HQ, Groningen

HUNGARY

Steiner-inspired Hungarian architect Imre Makovecz has made many fascinating houses in unconventional styles.

Onion House Theatre (1996), Makó

Image from: http://www.makovecz.hu/

Holy Spirit Church (1987), Paks

Image from: Makovecz Imre

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. timothydrossi
    Nov 03, 2017 @ 18:53:06

    Great article and thanks for the information on this topic. I’m interested in seeing the video you mention above: “Dutch Anton Alberts in a video-interview said something to the effect that Form is Spirit made visible”.

    Any ideas where you saw this? Do you have any references or links to this video?

    Thank you in advance,
    Tim Rossi

    Reply

  2. timothydrossi
    Dec 03, 2017 @ 20:15:00

    Thanks for your reply @visionesse. I’m looking to find more information about this interview and to reference these comments. I will check that source, and if you have any other info that’d be great. Thanks again for your response…

    Reply

  3. timothydrossi
    Dec 05, 2017 @ 21:13:41

    Btw, thanks for putting together these resources on this website. Great photos, links and concepts you are sharing. 😉

    Reply

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