A House for Humanity

Rudolf Steiner's Goetheanum -

a new experience of community building

Trinity Biomedical Science Institute, Pearse St, Dublin 2

In 1913 in Dornach, Switzerland, work began on the building that would become First Goetheanum. Throughout the First World War construction continued until the opening in September 1920.  Barely two years later, on New Year’s Eve 1922, it was burned to the ground in an arson attack. An international community of artists and builders had been key to its construction, and its forms spoke directly out of a language of the esoteric. Steiner described the building in a fairy tale as an open secret; elsewhere as Gesamtkunstwerk - a holistic living work of art.  What  was its secret? And why was it destroyed?

Join us in Dublin on the last weekend of August for this

experiential conference, as we look towards the 100th anniversary

of the tragic burning of the First Goetheanum.

with Constanza Kaliks, Peter Selg, Richard Ramsbotham, and Alan Potter


Additional Information

This conference comprises two parts; beginning on Friday and Saturday with illustrated lectures and artistic work, together we will recreate a shared experience of the forms and artistry of the building.

From Saturday afternoon we will then go on to explore the biographies of the people connected with it, especially the sculptress Edith Maryon, who was Rudolf Steiner’s main collaborator in creation of the Goetheanum as an artistic work.

Our aim is encounter with the key elements of the building’s content and the community which formed it. This will help us consider the meaning of its tragic loss by fire on New Year's Eve 1922, and the subsequent, still-ongoing transformation of the anthroposophic community.