The Goetheanum, located in Dornach (near Basel), Switzerland, is the world center for the anthroposophical movement. The building was designed by Rudolf Steiner and named after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It 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 or directed toward teachers, farmers, doctors, therapists, and other professionals are held at the center throughout the year.Both the present Goetheanum building and its precursor have been widely cited as masterpieces of modern architecture.The Goetheanum is open for visitors seven days a week and offers tours several times daily.First GoetheanumThe First Goetheanum, a timber and concrete structure designed by Rudolf Steiner, was one of seventeen buildings Steiner designed and supervised between 1908 and 1925. It was intended as a Gesamtkunstwerk (the synthesis of diverse artistic media and sensory effects), infused with spiritual significance. Begun in 1913 to house the annual summer theater events of the Anthroposophical Society, it rapidly became the center of a small colony of spiritual seekers located in Dornach and based around Steiner. Numerous visual artists contributed to the building: architects created the unusual double-dome wooden structure over a curving concrete base, stained glass windows added color into the space, painters decorated the ceiling with motifs depicting the whole of human evolution, and sculptors carved huge column bases, capitals, and architraves with images of metamorphoses.
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  • Forty years ago, my father did gather NUM go with my mother, finally! Hall has a Marc Chagall painting, very impressed! Go hard, but a little bit far from the bus stop is really good!
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  • Is suitable for strolling the streets, perched on the Dornach Hill gather NUM mainly around the thinker Rudolf Steiner architecture scattered.
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  • As the title says, the beauty of this structure odzwirciedla of her artistry. And raw appearance adds the mysticism. Integrated in the natural topography is proud and wonderful.
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  • A really amazing experience going to an exotic place like the Geotheanum... The architecture is awesome, the energy of the place is incredible, and the warmth of the people is very commendable.
  • Nice place. Great architecture. Old lady offered explanation in German. In the library there was a little section for kids science experiments.
  • This place is magical , my children went to a Steiner school (Waldorf)
  • Great place. Very cool
  • Unique place!
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