The Cloud Institute
Thesis, January 2017
Infrastructural Unconscious HQ Silicon Valley,
Research thesis on the physicality of the internet and the development of neoarcaic architecture.
It is no longer correct to say that the Internet has no form, it is the cloud of our virtual lives, an object that represents all our dreams, all our desires, that keeps all our secrets. It is an artefact of the human spirit, of our global society.
Nevertheless why aren’t server farms celebrated like the cradle and guardian of human intellectual outcomes ?
Twenty years ago the Internet used zero per cent of human energy consumption today the digital economy uses 10% of the world ́s total electricity ( It ́s the same amount that was used to light the entire planet in 1985 ).
This research project declares datacenters to be the the “churches” of digital society and proposes a new type of a publicly accessible data center. By uncovering these ordinarly inaccessible spaces, we have the opportunity to physically interact with the essential infrastructures we virtually engage on a daily basis. Pursuing this architectural idea the intention is to change the public perception of the internet as a non-physical thing and raise question as digital transparency, internet privacy and government ́s data laws. The utopistic project is sited in Silicon Valley as it wishes to set itself at an apparatus for startups to use the facility as well in order to develop new companies and to tight it to the place where all this technology first originated from. This areas also offers an interesting opportunity to work in frame which is not urban neither natural but rather a suburbia condition where there ́s no clear architectural identity just an extent of un-designed company ́s offices.