superCloud Receives Honorable Mention in 120 Hours Competition

superCloud by Sun Jae Choi, Jessica Jiang, and Helena Rong.

superCloud, by Sun Jae Choi, Jessica Jiang, and Helena Rong, proposes the construction of a datacenter in the deserted Russian settlement of Pyramiden.

March 12, 2015

A project by Sun Jae Choi (B.Arch. '17), Jessica Jiang (B.Arch. '17), and Helena Rong (B.Arch. '17), titled superCloud, received an honorable mention in the 120 Hours competition. 120 Hours was an international competition open to currently enrolled students; superCloud was the only project from an American school to receive an award.

Entrants were given 120 hours from February 9 to February 14 to create a project following the theme of experimental preservation. Pyramiden, a deserted Russian settlement on the archipelago of Svalbard, was used as the site.

According to their entry, "superCloud proposes the construction of a datacenter . . . that archives the memory of Pyramiden and then imposes this new programmatic order on the site. The current state of Pyramiden will be cataloged and documented faithful to its original context and then metaphorically altered with the supersedence of modernistic function. Digital archives, rather than the maintenance of pristine, untouched structures hold its memories and become responsible for narrating the story of its place."

More than 800 teams entered the competition, which offered first, second, and third place prizes, and 10 honorable mentions.

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