Rudolf Steiner House, London

Montague Wheeler
Date Built
1924 - 1926 and 1931 to 1932
35 A41, Paddington
Rudolf Steiner House is home to the Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain.  The society, founded by Rudolf Steiner in 1923,  is, as Steiner expressed it, "... an association of people whose will it is to nurture the life of the soul, both in the individual and in human society, on the basis of a true knowledge of the spiritual world".  Open House London says of the building that it, "... 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."

"The Facade has elements of the expressionist style particularly in the form of some of the windows, and in the rounded archways and ground floor windows. ....

... Of particular interest is the circular stained glass window (best seen from inside the building). ....

... The doors to the main entrance are modern, as are the windows and canopy to the bookshop."


The Foyer

"The Foyer was remodeled in 1989/90. The first flight of steps and the handrails date from this period also, the original staircase never having been completed to this level"


The Café

The foyer leads out to the Café which occupies what was once a backyard.  Open House London say that its "...wooden structure creates a polarity with the brick and concrete around it .... The central supporting wooden pillar has inserts of the seven planetary woods (ash/Sun, oak/Mars, sycamore/maple/Jupiter, hornbeam/Saturn, cherry/Moon, elm/Mercury, birch/Venus). In creating this space, that was formerly occupied by fire escapes, the architects were aiming to create a mood of light."


The Staircase

When the building was Listed the description noted its, "... sinuous expressionistic curves implying movement"  adding that, "this is seen in the irregular angles and curves of the hall proscenium and windows, but most particularly in two staircases animatic in the life given to the concrete structure. This was achieved by first building models in clay, a medium much favoured by Steiner himself."




Lecture Room


The Theatre

The theatre opened in 1926 and is still very much an active performance space.

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