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Inside Sweden’s Nuclear Bunker Turned Data Center

A data center inside a decommissioned nuclear bunker is interesting enough, but one that looks as futuristic and awesome as the center under Stockholm begs to be seen.

A hundred feet under the city of Stockholm is a decommissioned nuclear bunker that the government had previously leased out intermittently for various events, but it was never put to serious or extended use. Not until, that is,  Jon Karlung discovered the location and brought his vision of an ultra-modern, stylish, and secure data center to life. The passage from Wired’s write up of their photo tour that best encapsulates the feel of the bunker is:

Most often data centers are built in boxy warehouses, so Bahnhof stands out as perhaps the world’s most stylish. In fact, it inspired Cisco IT Architect Douglas Alger to write a book on the world’s best-looking data centers. “The idea that people were sitting in a design meeting and said, ‘what we need for our data center is waterfalls,’ that must have been a very fascinating discussion,” Alger says.

Hit up the link below for the full photo tour.

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Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/21/12

Comments (4)

  1. Richard Steven Hack

    I’ve seen this before. It’s very cool. I’ll get one as soon as my world domination plans advance a little more. :-) However, it needs more babes… What’s a sleek lair without equally sleek ladies in waiting? :-)

  2. lizbit

    You spot on Richard, I’m trying to advance my world domination plans too.

  3. FredE

    One of the disadvantages of world domination is the need to move around often. Planes and trains offer some mobility, but are targetable. A nuclear bunker is static, hence even more so. But 10 out of 10 for having headquarters underneath a busy, populated city center. Some insurance from Government agencies targeting it with a drone, unless of course you annoy enough of the wrong people, then even that won’t save you.

    Back to the drawing board. :)

  4. OldSalt

    The problem with world domination is that you either have to support the unwilling masses or exterminate them, which leaves you with only you….I recommend a base on Mars (after all, isn’t that what Curiosity is looking for?), then you have at least 8 months to prepare for any incoming missles and certainly no worries with the masses since you will be controlling them via remote control….

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