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Pionen – White mountain / Albert France-Lanord Architects

  • 01:00 - 24 November, 2008
Pionen – White mountain / Albert France-Lanord Architects
Pionen – White mountain / Albert France-Lanord Architects, © Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

© Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Stockholm, Sweden
  • Architects

    Albert France-Lanord Architects
  • Collaborators

    Frida Öster and Jonatan Blomgren
  • Geology Consultant

    Geosigma AB
  • Program

    Datacenter
  • Construction

    Albert France-Lanord Architects
  • Client

    Bahnhof AB
  • Area

    1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

From the architect. The project takes place in a former 1200 square meter anti-atomic shelter. An amazing location 30 meters down under the granite rocks of the Vita Berg Park in Stockholm. The client is an internet provider and the rock shelter hosts server halls and offices. The starting point of the project was to consider the rock as a living organism. The humans try to acclimate themselves to this foreign world and bring the ‘best' elements from earth: light, plants, water and technology. We created strong contrasts between rooms where the rock dominates and where the human being is a stranger against rooms where the human being took over totally.

© Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

The choice of lightning has been very challenging. We tried to bring as much variation as possible. Otherwise it is very easy to loose the feeling of time in an enclosed space.

© Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

Our references come straight from science fiction films, mostly ‘Silent Running' and a bunch of Bond films with Ken Adams set design.

One can describe the process in five different phases:

-planning

-destruction of the former office and blowing up the rock to create extra space.

-reinforce the cave. concrete work.

© Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

-technical installations. electrical.

-glass and steel work. paint and furnishing.

© Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

The client had a strong vision from the first brief and the result is only possible because of their persistence, the absence of compromise and great communication/ understanding between all parts under the process.

It has been very exciting to work with a space which at first didn't offer one square angle: the rock. The main room is not a traditional space limited by surfaces but defined by the emptiness inside a mass.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Pionen – White mountain / Albert France-Lanord Architects" 24 Nov 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/9257/pionen-%25e2%2580%2593-white-mountain-albert-france-lanord-architects/>
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83 Comments

Andrew Wraithmell · August 17, 2012

We all Love the internet... However in Stockholm its ran by a Bond Villain http://t.co/RUbVXU7V

Salmon Smith · July 04, 2012

Pionen – White mountain / Albert France-Lanord Architects | ArchDaily http://t.co/1ECj1VbK via @archdaily best hideaway!

Fredrik Davidsson · July 04, 2012

Datacenter kan också vara vackra - http://t.co/zXnVyPyL

Wyatt Marshall · July 04, 2012

I&#39ve always wanted an evil overlord underground lair. Via @archdaily http://t.co/7fpS0Rrs

Wyatt Marshall · July 04, 2012

I&#39ve always wanted an evil overlord underground lair via @archdaily http://t.co/7fpS0Rrs

Juan · July 04, 2012

#arquitectura Cual pelicula del Santo, cueva que era refugio anti atomico, transformada en un espacio de trabajo. http://t.co/Fkdx0Ed6

Pepe Portet · July 04, 2012

#arquitectura Cual pelicula del Santo, cueva que era refugio anti atomico, transformada en un espacio de trabajo. http://t.co/Fkdx0Ed6

Carlos Diaz C. · July 04, 2012

#arquitectura Cual pelicula del Santo, cueva que era refugio anti atomico, transformada en un espacio de trabajo. http://t.co/Fkdx0Ed6

Pato · July 03, 2012

Dr. Evil are you there?

Patricia Barcala D. · June 27, 2012

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Jenni Grant · June 27, 2012

A subterranean datacenter! Pionen – White mountain / Albert France-Lanord Architects | ArchDaily http://t.co/opzgMpiU via @archdaily

Thompy Minaj · June 27, 2012

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Aaron Binder · June 27, 2012

Why yes, I would like to work for you...in your underground lair. This office is awesome - http://t.co/4eqIu1us

Juan Antonio Bustos · June 26, 2012

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Lott-Richards · June 26, 2012

We&#39ve finally found our Venture Bros. country house. http://t.co/qeqTSPrt via @archdaily

USAArchitects · June 26, 2012

Atomic bomb shelter meets the Bat Cave #batman http://t.co/uvxyZNHe

GABRIEL MORALES · June 26, 2012

ArchDaily Inspired by Sci-Fi and Bond Movies, this Data Center sits 30 meters underground in an old atomic shelter. http://t.co/Zvym2JgC

Curves 'Graph · June 26, 2012

Inspired by Sci-Fi and Bond Movies, this Data Center sits 30 meters underground in an old atomic shelter. Read More: http://t.co/OG5SWVVz

Fran Iniesta · June 26, 2012

Arquitectura de Ciencia Ficción_Pionen – White mountain / Albert France-Lanord Architects
http://t.co/TZq008wm vía @archdaily

BRUNO · April 12, 2012

@megansarak this is the coolest lab-looking space i&#39ve ever seen. it&#39s REAL. http://t.co/AlzzfxcD #pagingmrbond http://t.co/C2ajWMs4

Reem Alsweilem · March 08, 2012

Saw this first in 2011- Still remember in 2012 - an office in the rock http://t.co/17KE6wlP–-white-mo...

??? ??????? · March 06, 2012

Saw this first in 2011- Still remember in 2012 - an office in the rock http://t.co/17KE6wlP–-white-mo...

Sara AlMutlaq ??? · March 06, 2012

Saw this first in 2011- Still remember in 2012 - an office in the rock http://t.co/17KE6wlP–-white-mo...

Steve Dangermond · February 02, 2012

This underground data center remodel shows the potential to make underground labs engaging and interesting: http://t.co/4Vgsgv64

Matthew Fogarty · June 30, 2011

Like if James Bond ran an ISP!

Pionen – White mountain / Albert France-Lanord Architects | ArchDaily http://t.co/bjTp5yD via @archdaily

Rodrigo Delduca · May 31, 2011

The world’s most super-designed data center http://bit.ly/ar8zG2 and http://bit.ly/Tpqb

Michael Bettendorf · April 13, 2011

I hate myself for loving this Swedish datacenter porn: http://bit.ly/hQM6NJ

Francisco lavin · January 21, 2011
Benjamin Schuman · December 15, 2010

I want to go to the future! http://t.co/S8UPNDl via @archdaily

Tolga Ya?l? · December 13, 2010

RT @ArchDaily: Just noticed we featured #wikileaks headquarters in Sweden 2 years ago, check the sections http://archdai.ly/fi9XRm

Marck van Dooren · December 12, 2010

@GertonKnipping Niet van WL zelf: Koel (...) Zweeds datacenter #bahnhof (http://bit.ly/f1fIwj) waar WL wordt gehost: http://bit.ly/2HprXp

relatively related · December 12, 2010

RT @ArchDaily: Just noticed we featured #wikileaks headquarters in Sweden 2 years ago, check the sections http://archdai.ly/fi9XRm

chuuss · December 11, 2010

RT @ArchDaily: Just noticed we featured #wikileaks headquarters in Sweden 2 years ago, check the sections http://archdai.ly/fi9XRm

Darth Kraken · December 11, 2010

Cuando tenga un proyecto de conquista mundial tipo mad scientist, quiero tener las oficinas de wikileaks http://bit.ly/en2tYU

Fran Varela · December 11, 2010

RT @flavin: :O las oficinas de wikileaks habían sido publicadas en archdaily :O http://t.co/xB4LKlv

Alejandro Concha · December 11, 2010

¿conoces donde se esconden los más íntimos secretos de #wikileaks ?
aquí encontramos las oficinas...http://bit.ly/f74Sxi

andreslagos · December 11, 2010

RT @giulianop: Wow! es verdad: Estas son las oficinas de Wikileaks #Wikileaks http://bit.ly/f74Sxi / en serio?? no dice en ningún lado :P

Robin Rendle · December 11, 2010

WikiLeaks HQ in Stockholm - http://bit.ly/eJeQ9M

giuliano.pastorelli · December 11, 2010

Wow! es verdad: Estas son las oficinas de Wikileaks #Wikileaks http://bit.ly/f74Sxi

Gastón Rojas · December 11, 2010

RT @ArchDaily: Just noticed we featured #wikileaks headquarters in Sweden 2 years ago, check the sections http://archdai.ly/fi9XRm

Francis Huneault · December 11, 2010

On dirait un plateau de James Bond: Pionen – White mountain / Albert France-Lanord Architects | ArchDaily http://t.co/GvJcMCg #architecture

RSUTHER · December 11, 2010

where wikileaks is currently hosted. surreal. http://bit.ly/ezy3fe

ankit chaudhary · December 11, 2010

RT @ArchDaily: #wikileaks headquarters in Sweden http://archdai.ly/fi9XRm

ryan singer · December 11, 2010

WIKILEAKS HEADQUARTERS IN FRANCE http://bit.ly/eJeQ9M

Alfonso Rodríguez · December 11, 2010

RT @ArchDaily: Just noticed we featured #wikileaks headquarters in Sweden 2 years ago, check the sections http://archdai.ly/fi9XRm

ABE, Felipe · December 11, 2010

RT @ArchDaily: Just noticed we featured #wikileaks headquarters in Sweden 2 years ago, check the sections http://archdai.ly/fi9XRm

LRDS · December 11, 2010

RT @ArchDaily: Just noticed we featured #wikileaks headquarters in Sweden 2 years ago, check the sections http://archdai.ly/fi9XRm

Alex Fernández V. · December 11, 2010

RT @ArchDaily: Just noticed we featured #wikileaks headquarters in Sweden 2 years ago, check the sections http://archdai.ly/fi9XRm

Jun Young Lee · December 11, 2010

????? ????. ? ??? ?? ??? ??..http://archdai.ly/fi9XRm

ELS · December 11, 2010

RT @ArchDaily: Just noticed we featured #wikileaks headquarters in Sweden 2 years ago, check the sections http://archdai.ly/fi9XRm

Nicolás Saieh · December 11, 2010

RT @flavin: :O las oficinas de wikileaks habían sido publicadas en archdaily :O http://t.co/xB4LKlv

Sebastian Jordana · December 11, 2010

Así con tener publicadas las oficinas de Wikileaks hace 2 años: http://bit.ly/caPAxL

Michael Noble · December 11, 2010

RT @tshannon: datacentre hosting wikileaks looks frickin&#39 amazing http://bit.ly/2HprXp just needs some sharks with frickin&#39 laser beams

Marck van Dooren · December 11, 2010

@AlexanderNL Koel (...) Zweeds datacenter #bahnhof (http://bit.ly/f1fIwj) waar #wikileaks wordt gehost: http://bit.ly/2HprXp

Nuno Rebelo · December 11, 2010

Definition of irony: Wikileaks apparently knows almost everything, expect about a little thing called radon. Good luck to those workers in that huge cave full of granite and, therefore, granite... Take good care of your health. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...

So this is not a good project, at all. Would a project full of asbestos be a good project nowadays knowing its risks?

Andy Kelly · December 11, 2010

RT @tshannon: datacentre hosting wikileaks looks frickin&#39 amazing http://bit.ly/2HprXp just needs some sharks with frickin&#39 laser beams

Thom · December 11, 2010

datacentre hosting wikileaks looks frickin&#39 amazing http://bit.ly/2HprXp just needs some sharks with frickin&#39 laser beams

Mauro Accurso · December 04, 2010

@eapesteguia http://www.archdaily.com/9257/... ahí hay bocha de fotos buenas

Shimizu Azusa · December 04, 2010

???????????????????.....????????????????????http://www.archdaily.com/9257/...

Gary Henson · December 02, 2010

Swedish ISP/Datacenter built into an old atomic shelter. Very cool. http://is.gd/i4jKi

Layton Duncan · December 02, 2010

Also, how cool is it that wikileaks is hosted by the company which owns this datacentre http://bit.ly/eJeQ9M Seems somewhat appropriate.

???? · November 03, 2010

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http://www.archdaily.com/9257/...

1470.net????????URL · October 07, 2010

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Jose Jacas · September 22, 2010

La versión real de una base para malos de James Bond: http://bit.ly/ar8zG2 Ahi se guardan los servidores de Wikileaks. via @kritik4l

Paôlo Batis · September 22, 2010

Interessante! Mas parece com a Batcaversa e passa muita tranquilidade e segurança...

YILUN ZHANG · September 15, 2010

Reading: "Pionen – White mountain / Albert France-Lanord Architects | ArchDaily"( http://twitthis.com/xxbkrv )

Lucas Gray · May 31, 2009

This is sweet. I wish it was designed for the public though...perhaps a restaurant or bar or club or museum. Oh well.

Lulu de vou · March 13, 2009

where's the originality, dear architect?

Bill · December 09, 2008

Cool, though not the first data center in a used nuclear bunker. (www.thebunker.net has been doing that for a decade.) Places like that can obviously provide good physical security, and usually have good redundant power grid connections, and may have good resources for cooling if there's not too much equipment for the amount of floor space.

keith · November 28, 2008

nice site makes nice design

Alfred · November 26, 2008

@contemporary Art...

Have you realised that you are not suppose to live there?

Lavern · November 26, 2008

Wow, very interesting. Also have some cool caves in the Philippines, please check out my travel blog...

Giuliano · November 25, 2008

me recuerda demasiado el refugio de Lex Luthor en las montañas, en una de las clásicas Superman pero no recuerdo exactamente cual de todas.

Contemporary Art · November 25, 2008

As cool as this place is, I'm not sure how nice it would be to actually live there. It's essentially a massive, all-consuming conversation piece. At a certain point, good homes recede to the background. I want to be able to bask in the beauty of my house when I feel like it, but also peacefully ignore its presence when I want to. Living in a house like that, one will always have the feeling of being an actor on a movie set. It's cool for cocktail parties, for sure. But eventually I think one tires of the cinematic intensity here.

http://www.contemporaryartdail...

Bee · December 22, 2012 09:22 PM

The living room is the most polpuar areas of a home because the place in which to entertain guests, family gather to spend time or casually watching television together and a chat with the family. Therefore, the living room should be designed with a comfortable interior as it is very important in this area decorated with a friendly atmosphere to ensure the visitors coming.

camima · January 11, 2011 03:41 AM

I am afraid you are very confused, this is NOT a house.

Nick · November 25, 2008

The engines power electric generators in case of electric outages -- standard high-end data center fare.

Also interesting to notice that much of the Stockholm underground runs inside similar caves blasted out of the solid granite.

William Fong · November 25, 2008

I think I see agent 007 sneaking around somewhere...

musser · November 25, 2008

Sorry, roadkill... I noticed your comment too late. You're right, of course.

musser · November 25, 2008

I think we've found the perfect location for the next Bond movie.

Felicia · November 25, 2008

"the absence of compromise" -- I wonder what that feels like?

roadkill · November 25, 2008

Dr No would be proud! great touches

The Law · November 24, 2008

What function do the two large engines serve? Do they power the cooing system for the servers... or just the A/C?

PitiSemiC · November 24, 2008

It looks like it was inspired in Batman´s cave!!! Pretty cool

scarpasez · November 24, 2008

This is pretty awesome. Even more awesome (for me) is that I get to be the first person here to say: "Welcome to my underground lair."

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