1912 Rudolf Steiner and Marie von Sivers were invited by family Grosheintz to their summer house in the hill of Dornach. The family donated most of the plot of land where the first Goetheanum has been built. In gratitude for this, Rudolf Steiner built House Duldeck.
September 1913 the project was initiated under direction of Rudolf Steiner; the construction started in February 1915. The residence, situated in immediate proximity to the Goetheanum, is one of the most innovative buildings in reinforced concrete of the early 20th century. Its shapes however are not isolated but, as other builidings in the Goetheanum hill, have been conceived by Steiner as a metamorphosis of the central building. Since 2002 the Rudolf Steiner Archive is on its premises.
Rudolf Steiner said about House Duldeck: «It is significative, that such a house could have been built once. Because it stands there as a living protest against every traditional architectural style and construction type.»
The design of the construction details, the decoration of the interiors and the furniture were a result of the close cooperation between Rudolf Steiner and the architect Hermann Ranzenberger.
Since June 2015 House Duldeck is a member of Iconic Houses, which is an association of architectural buildings of the 20th century.
For further information: www.iconichouses.org