The Internet is nothing short of amazing, but the data centers that make connectivity possible are often hidden away in boring places. One beautiful data center in Guangzhou, however, stands out from the pack. Hong Kong-based design firm Arboit Ltd. designed the Cloud DCS headquarters—a communications company that serves major Chinese tech giants like the Alibaba Group and QQ—as a colorful and curvaceous data center that celebrates the Internet's culture and history.
Located inside an existing 20,000-square-meter industrial building, the recently completed Cloud DCS office and product gallery is the first part of a larger master plan with similarly futuristic buildings. The celestial-inspired office space features a curvaceous interior with a gradient of seven shades of blue to symbolize the fluidity of the Internet. Images of clouds are printed onto several surfaces as a nod to the company’s cloud computing software.
“We wanted to capture the idea of flying through the sky, like when you look outside the window of an airplane,” said Italian architect Alberto Puchetti of Arboit Ltd. according to Azure Magazine. The space eschews hard edges for rounded corners to create a seamless and continuously flowing effect. The river-like flooring is complemented with white translucent stretch fabric that lines the ceilings and illuminated by colored LEDs. A large meeting room with oval windows sits at the center of the room like a nucleus overlooking at the different areas of the single-level space.
Images via Arboit Ltd.