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Tuesday, 04 May 2004
pousser comme des champignons

Anthroposophic Architecture

Here’s another of these odd-looking buildings that have mushroomed all over the place in Dornach. Apparently you should be able to tell, by looking at the building, what it’s purpose is. For some buildings this is made easier by the little placard on the outside which says something like “book publishing” or “natural sciences”.  Not having read the placard on this one I am still trying to work out this one.

Posted by bigblue on 04/05/2004 at 10:08 PM
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c’est creux à l’intérieur

Dornach Goetheanum

This is deep inside the belly of the Goetheanum at Dornach. Eva and I slipped into it on Sunday afternoon during an interval of Faust in between several guided tours to have a look at the stained-glass windows.  These were not at their most impressive as it was not very bright and sunny outside.

There are about 8 large stained-glass windows, and the design inside the building is distinctly, um, anthroposophical. The art on the ceiling is distinctly new agey, but it was apparently painted during Steiner’s lifetime according to his own design. The seats in the auditorium are rather plain, and I worked out that there were 25 rows with 40 seats in almost every row. So the hall seats about 1000.

This, incidentally, is the second Goetheanum. The first one was built of wood and it burnt down.

Posted by bigblue on 04/05/2004 at 12:33 AM
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Monday, 03 May 2004
le verso

Anthroposophic Architecture

The above photo shows the reverse of the photo yesterday. Here we are looking down from the terrace of the Goetheanum at the house where Eva stays.

The architecture is very interesting in Dornach. I read

I particularly liked the wild flowers on all the verges and open spaces. I think you can just about make out the glorious yellows and whites in these photos.

Posted by bigblue on 03/05/2004 at 12:29 AM
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Sunday, 02 May 2004
Goetheanum

Dornach Goetheanum

Today I drove down to Dornach (just south of Basel, Switzerland) to visit Eva. When I arrived and stopped my car this was the first view of the Goetheanum. Eva seems well, although a number of people said that she looked tired today. I felt tired, even though I managed a siesta in between our walks around the town. The architecture is interesting: I will try to take some photos tomorrow. This evening we had supper in an anthoposophical restaurant (biodynamic food), and tomorrow are going to an art exhibition in Basel.

Posted by bigblue on 02/05/2004 at 12:25 AM
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