Her Majesty's Secret Donut
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In the next month or so, the 4,000 or so cryptographers and intelligence officials associated with the UK Government move into their new haunt. The agency credited with breaking the Enigma cipher during World War II will be 'oused in a 1.1 million square foot, doughnut-shaped building. The cost? Around $630 million. Some of the features include:
The roof, sheathed in a special aluminum, is designed to withstand airplane impacts.
A chamber under the interior courtyard shields the computer center, an 1,850-mile, billion-dollar network of fiber-optic cable that monitors email and phone calls around the world. It's surrounded by a series of tunnels and shelters.
The round exterior forces shock waves from explosions to ripple around the building, diffusing as they go.
A one-story, 2-foot-thick concrete wall is topped with three stories of blast-proof glass.
A second wall of glass, hung behind the first and composed of panels set at irregular angles, obscures views from outside.
Wired: Her Majesty's Secret Donut