The controversial WikiLeaks, an international non-profit organisation that publishes submissions of private, secret, and classified information from anonymous news sources,news leaks, and whistleblowers. It has received many praises as well as criticism to the info they unveil and its sources, and has won a number of publishing awards from the likes of the The Economist‘s New Media Award in 2008 at the Index on Censorship Awards and Amnesty International‘s UK Media Award in 2009. In 2010, the New York Daily News listed WikiLeaks first among websites “that could totally change the news”, and much more.
Considering the character of the organisation, the location they work from is expected to reflect an image of their mentality, and nothing would talk for itself like a cold war bunker (originally built as a world war II underground shelter), 30 meters below the rock-bed of the Vita Berg Park in Stockholm, Sweden.
Pionen – White Mountain or WikiLeaks‘ office, designed by Albert France-Lanord Architects, The main approach to the project was to consider the rock as a living organism, by creating 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. After destruction of the former office and blowing up the rock to create extra space, they reinforced the cave, and made all the technical installations required for running the servers that hosts their data, and installed all the glass and steel work and finalizing with the paint job and furnishing.
The choice of lighting has been very challenging. Many variation had to be used when possible. Otherwise it is very easy to loose the feeling of time in an enclosed space.
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