Data_Vessel was a group project by myself, Rania Francis and Gergana Popova. It was an entry for the Evolo Skyscraper Competition, November 2014.

USC report has calculated the total data stored on the Internet to date to be 295+ exabytes, which if printed and bound into books would form a stack that would stretch from Earth to Pluto twenty times. For many years, humanity’s information has been digitally stored in the “Cloud”, however with the rapid expansion of the Cyberspace, a great concern has been raised by various professionals about the risk of its collapse.

The DataVessel presents an alternative way of storing the gathered information on the Internet by encoding it into the DNA of living cells. Extensive research into the field revealed that the DNA code of living matter can be manipulated to inscribe specific codes that can be digitally accessed to bring to life information in the form of a variety of media. This proves to be a more permanent way of storing information, since living matter can survive for thousands of years, far longer than any electronic device, hence, ensuring the longevity of the contained resources.

The project proposes that a skyscraper for storing living data is positioned in various parts of the world, becoming both a container of humanity’s greatest assets and a monument representing its dramatic evolution and accomplishments.


The above images were gathered from various sources, they are representations of live social medial users at a point in time. We used such social medial footprints to derive the form of the Data_Vessel.

We started by analysing the ‘high intensity points’ of the social usage of the Internet in the Americas and mapping geographically the relationship between them. This resulted to the mapping of various social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter that now plays a dramatic role in the on-going development of modern civilisations. Consequently, the points of “intensity” were manipulated according to the amount of information that was gathered on each specific area.

There are two entrance points, within the ‘cones’ where users can access the building and reach the inhabited roof. The information stored in the vessels would be available to them through screens where they would be able to request particular data and it will be delivered to them, transforming the DataVessel into a World Wide Archive. This introduces a revolutionary way of interacting with data and attempts to bridge the gap between the physical and the digital world.