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CASE STUDY - the hiram trust field centre for goethean science


the metabolic processes inform the planning of the building

one section greets the sky

one section greets the earth

first concept sketches saw the building as unfolding on the hill

the sun sphere and the moon sphere

earth, air, fire and water working to support the building

a steel ring supports the centre of the dome

glulam beams

looking up

cob walls on a hollow clay block plinth

the dome under construction

natural materials

construction is ongoing

This remarkable building embodies the whole cosmos in its design. Created for the Hiram Trust, an organisation closely associated with the Ruskin Mill Educational Trust, the building is to be a research centre for the organisation, a place to contemplate the stars, and our meaning within the wider cosmos.

The building is largely formed from materials found on the site, Jurassic limestone, clay, timber, and even the lime mortar was made in a kiln on site. The trust became directly involved in the construction and has held a series of workshops to allow staff and visitors to participate.

The work of the philosopher Rudolf Steiner, and his Anthroposophy have directly influenced the design of the building.