Open House London
Sunday 22nd September 2019
1pm–5pm House Tours
Join us at Rudolf Steiner House, the only example of expressionist architecture in London, for the Open House London.
Rudolf Steiner House was built between 1926 and 1937. It was designed by the architect Montague Wheeler (1874-1937, a member of the Board of Architectural Education from 1934-7. He was also an active member of the Anthroposophical Society.
The house was built as the ‘home’ of the Anthroposophical Society in London. As its name implies the building takes its inspiration from the work of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) and particularly from the first Goetheanum building at Dornach, Switzerland (1914), which was constructed of timber.
Steiner House is the first and only example of ‘expressionist’ architecture in London. The main staircase with its flowing forms and feeling of movement and metamorphosis, is a fine example of this style. The house was built in stages, starting with the theatre and the first-floor room behind it. Other rooms were added later as was the bookshop. The building was listed (Grade 2) in 1991.
In more recent times (2008/9), a new café area was constructed, whose wooden structure creates a polarity with the brick and concrete around it, and whose wooden beams echo the forms of the original Goetheanum.