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The First Goetheanum was a wooden structure dating from 1919, which was destroyed by arson in 1922. On the site of the former structure, a new auditorium was built, wholly built of cast concrete. This building became known as the Second Goetheanum, and is now simply referred to as the Goetheanum. For its exterior, architect Rudolf Steiner achieved sculptural shapes on an architectural scale. Besides housing an auditorium, the Goetheanum serves as the center of the worldwide Anthroposophical Society and the seat of the School of Spiritual Science. With approximately 150.000 visitors annually, nearly 200 conferences of varying sizes, and a diverse offering of cultural events, the Goetheanum is dedicated to serving the spirit of the time with a thoughtful, human-oriented approach that can respond to the manifold and pressing inner and outer questions of the day (text from website Goetheanum).