Architecture of WikiLeaks

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Thanks to the New York Post article we noticed that this project Pionen White Mountain, which we featured November 24, 2008, is indeed the WikiLeaks Headquarters.   Pionen – White Mountain designed by Albert France-Lanord Architects is housed in a former 1,200 sqm  Cold War bunker (originally built as a World War II bunker); an amazing location 30 meters down under the granite rocks of the Vita Berg Park in Stockholm.

One of the original founders of is architect John Young. Sections and more photographs following the break.

Update: It seems that the New York Post article was misleading. The Pionen – White Mountain facilities, a Bahnhof computer center, hosts two Wikileaks servers at these facilities and provides power, cooling, and Internet access to the servers.

Architects: Albert France-Lanord Architects
Location:Stockholm, Sweden
Program: Datacenter
Collaborators: Frida Öster and Jonatan Blomgren
Geology Consultant: Geosigma AB
Construction:
Client: Bahnhof AB
Construction Area: 1,200 sqm
Project year: 2008
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman

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Cite: Minner, Kelly. "Architecture of WikiLeaks" 10 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 Apr 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=95432>

32 comments

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    That’s freaking unreal. I love it. Seeing those photos just gave this whole fight a bit of a mystical feeling.

    That is elaborate.

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    It needs a tv screen with a direct link to the UN, and the Pengagon. And it needs a shark tank, full of sharks with freekn’ laser beams. Then my plans will be complete. Mwwahahahaaa…!

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    Really? This looks like it could be the headquarters for KAOS from Get Smart. And the conference room, one giant cone of silence! Either that or meeting goers are left waiting for May Day (Grace Jones) to flip the switch and show contrarians to their deaths via a trap door in the floor.

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    How can you call it hq? It’s not kind of a bureau, it’s a place where servers were kept.

    “(2 sept.2010) The Wikileaks whistleblowing website has reportedly moved its server hosting to a Cold War bunker deep under the streets of Stockholm.
    (…)
    The hosting arrangement was brokered by Swedish political party, the Pirate Party, some weeks ago, which is believed to be covering costs.”

    http://www.cio.com.au/article/359182/wikileaks_servers_move_nuclear_bunker_under_stockholm/

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    “How can you call it hq? It’s not kind of a bureau, it’s a place where servers were kept”

    I agree, it’s the serverroom by Bahnhof (www.bahnhof.se) where Wikileaks is just one of many clients!
    Get the real facts before you write!!?

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    UPDATE THE STORY

    This is the location of a datacenter for an ISP in Stockholm. Some of the wikileaks servers are hosted here, but nothing more.

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    This looks amazing! Keep up the fight WikiLeaks. Also, will it be raided by the Stockholm police now (lol)?

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    WikiLeaks cables are available in nicely formatted table, see them at http://www.dazzlepod.com/cable/. The ‘Cable Direct’ feature allows you to search for cables based on the keywords you entered.

    All cables are sync direct from the primary server located at, you guessed it, the bunker shown above :)

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    It`s under the “Vitabergs” park
    maps.google.com/maps/place?cid=12423140389067096434&q=Vitabergsparken&hl=en&cd=1&ei=ljsGTYq7OcO_jgf6r8C9DQ&dtab=0&sll=59.310125,18.091368&sspn=0.071946,0.071946&ie=UTF8

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      I have seen some documentary now. I think you are right. They should locate it in some “safe house”.

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    It’s not Wikileaks; it’s the data hosting company where they have 2 servers hosted in Sweden.

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    To make it clear: wikileaks has servers all over the world. They have two servers, since 2010, in the Bahnhof server station in Stockholm. It represents 0,02% of the capacity of the server station. The station was designed in 2008 in a former bunker for Bahnhof as a server hall combined with Bahnhof offices. Wikileaks has never been involved in the design.

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