I read it online few years ago. It is a short story about exploring a spacecraft/ship/station that seems to be infinite inside.

It is written like a log, and each entry starts with a measure, like Day 1 "1 km", Day 2 "10 km", Day 3 "100 km" (not sure about dimensions but they grew exponentially).

I found the story at that time while reading about megastructures. Although the construction in the story was huge, it didn't fit the criteria of megastructure because it was infinite.

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    This makes me think of "the Way" in Greg Bear's Eon. But I don't recall if any of the chapters started with measurements like that. Also, this was a novel rather than a short story.
    – Xantec
    Aug 7, 2014 at 12:41
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    If you're interested in stories about seemingly infinite structures, you might enjoy reading House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski. This is not a short story though, but a full-blown book. It's also a typographical experiment, which makes it even more interesting. Take a look, maybe you'll enjoy it!
    – user622505
    Aug 8, 2014 at 8:57
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    This is a good example of why story-id questions are a good feature of this site. I read this, found the concept interesting, and found the answer and the link and just read this story.
    – Tango
    Aug 13, 2014 at 5:46
  • @Lasooch: Typographical or topographical experiment? There's a big difference!
    – Tango
    Aug 13, 2014 at 5:46
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    @Tango actually, I guess one could say it's a bit of both. But mostly tYpography. Take a look: images.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/… - an actual page from the book ;)
    – user622505
    Aug 13, 2014 at 17:19

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It is Report on an unidentified space station by J. G. Ballard. You can read a PDF version here or an HTML version here.

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    That was a really neat story
    – Elias
    Aug 7, 2014 at 15:00
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    Reminiscent of Borges' "Library of Babel". Aug 7, 2014 at 18:25
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    This is why I love just to toddle around this page. Brilliant story
    – IgnasK
    Aug 8, 2014 at 11:54
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    Yay for reading Aug 8, 2014 at 13:59
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    @moopet The HTML link still works. Given that the entire story can be read in a couple minutes, HTML is not too bad.
    – Haydentech
    Oct 23, 2018 at 16:48

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