Embracing the Nuke building’s iconic status links the roots of our tech past to the future
By: Knute Berger
Even when something is “saved,” it’s never saved in Seattle, at least not during boom times.
Case in point is More Hall Annex, aka the Nuclear Reactor Building on the University of Washington campus. The 1961 building used to house a small nuclear reactor used in training atomic engineers. It was designed by a trio of superstar Northwest modern architects from the UW—Wendell Lovett,Gene Zema, and Daniel Streissguth, along with artist Spencer Moseley. It’s a concrete box with large windows that allowed the public to witness the modern alchemy that took place within. It’s a kind of Brutalist cabana, and was radical in its notion of making the process of nuclear energy “transparent” for the public.