«One must be able to think in colors and forms as one is able to think in terms and thoughts.»
Rudolf Steiner's Artistic Work
Living-organic architecture originated in Rudolf Steiner’s work as architect, which largely began with construction of the first Goetheanum in Dornach. This became the centre of anthroposophical work. In the environs of the Goetheanum Rudolf Steiner designed a series of dwellings and functional buildings, which give expression in diverse ways to his architectural impulse.
Since the beginning of the twentieth century many architects from all continents have tried to work out of this impulse, and develop an architecture in harmony with contemporary times, human beings and the spirit.
Rudolf Steiner as Architect
Rudolf Steiner’s work as an architect began with an interior design of the hall for the annual conference of the Theosophical Society in 1907. Afterwards, a young student, Carl Stockmeyer, asked him how a building should be designed from outside in order to house such interiors. Having received these indications, he fashioned a model in the garden of his parents in Malsch near Karlsruhe, which was of a size that one could enter into it and walk around. This design later became the model for the anthroposophical assembly room built in Stuttgart, but was broken off during the National Socialist dictatorship in Germany.
The first and second Goetheanum