Sorek Nuclear Research Center Sorek Nuclear Research Center

Designed by Phillip Johnson, a famous architect who would have been 107 on July 8th, the Sorek Nuclear Research Center was built  in 1956 to hold a nuclear reactor that was donated  to Israel by the United States. The reactor, a windowless, 20-sided geometrical structure, was constructed out of concrete, and it became on icon of the country’s architecture.  Johnson called the building his “temple in the desert,” and it serves as a monument for modern architecture and the nation’s socialist ideas of the time.

Read more: AD Classics: Soreq Nuclear Research Center / Philip Johnson


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