Kernkraftwerk Gösgen: In the Towering Presence of Nuclear Power


  • Hannah Siegrist Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Nathan Siegrist University of Gothenburg, Sweden


The construction of the Gösgen Nuclear Power Plant began in 1973 and the subsequent years were characterized by widespread protests and harsh repression by the authorities. This article examines the architectural shaping of the power plant itself as well as the acts of resistance and critique the power plant spawned, from its initial construction until the present day.

Author Biographies

Hannah Siegrist, Uppsala University, Sweden

Hannah Siegrist is a PhD student in History of Ideas at Uppsala University. She holds one MA in History of Ideas as well as one in Art History at the University of Gothenburg. Her prior writings have investigated constructions of national identity within the Swedish State Railways’s publications and contributions to architectural exhibitions during the twentieth century.

Nathan Siegrist, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Nathan Siegrist is research assistant at the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg. He holds an MA degree in Sociology. His main research interests consist of urban studies and social movement research. His MA thesis concerned struggles over autonomous space within the neoliberal city, investigating the case of the autonomous cultural center Metelkova in Ljubljana.

Illuminated projections of butterflies on the Gösgen Nuclear Power Plant, Kernkraftwerk Gösgen-Däniken AG. Projection by light artist Gerry Hofstetter.