Starting at the beginning of the 1930s, a number of activities inspired by anthroposophy have grown up in Ytterjärna and its surroundings. These include a culture centre, hospital, schools, biodynamic farms, dairy, a market garden, homes for people with disabilities, and many others. Artist Arne Klingborg was one of the founders of Kulturcentrum Järna (then Rudolf Steinerseminariet), which was established in 1964. Activities were initially housed in Vita Huset, a building from the turn of the century built by the painter Bruno Liljefors. As activities increased, architect Erik Asmussen was commissioned to draw the buildings that can today be seen around Kulturhuset.
These buildings house everything from a hotel, shops and restaurants to housing, offices, rehearsal and music rooms. Several influential exhibitions dealing with architecture and landscape art have been put on in Ytterjärna. Conferences, lectures and artistic performances are continually held.
The worldfamous architecture at Ytterjärna Kulturcentrum is from Erik Asmussen and his colleagues in cooperation with Arne Klingborg and the colour designer Fritz Fuchs. Unique surroundings have been created by the use of organic forms, natural materials, light and colour. Each house is itself a work of art. The way in which architecture can support an activity can be seen particularly clearly in, for example, the clear blue Eurythmy building. The high ceiling lifts those practicing eurythmy, while the eight-sided floor space at the same time stimulates movement and choreography. The Almandine in the cupola roof reflects and dramatises the rounded hills that surround the build- ing. The colouring also strikes harmony with this motif. Both Kulturhuset and the Robygge building have won pres- tigious prizes for their architecture.
Ytterjärna has a wonderful location on the Baltic coast and Ytterjärna Kulturcentrum is surrounded by biodynamic farms, the forests of Södermanland, and open meadows. Several centres of curative education are located in the Järna region, as are social therapeutic homes and schools for children and adults with disabilities. Both agriculture and market gardening are carried out at Skilleby Gård, beautifully embedded between forest and field.
Ekobanken – a transparent bank that aims to give added value to money by placing it so that it supports social, ecological and cultural development – is located at Skäve Gård. It shares the property with the largest Waldorf kindergarden in Järna, with its biodynamic agricultural enterprise and a lively centre for people with special needs, including Skäve Kafé. Saltå Kvarn is also home to a bakery and café.
Welcome to Ytterjärna!