Data Diving is a proposal for a cloud-scale data center and destination sauna resort in the wilds of northern Sweden. Communities in the area, heretofore known for logging, reindeer, and---significantly for data centers---long winters, good fiberoptic connections, and a remarkably stable grid based on hydroelectric power, actively court IT sector development.
Data Diving envisions experiences made possible by the efficient re-purposing of a significant and reliably continuous stream of "waste energy" from the support of global computing. As data centers proliferate, this project argues for a more considered role for this new building typology in the built environment. Combining global flows of data and energy with the rural Swedish environment, land conditions, and sauna culture, and utilizing current innovations in data center design, this project opportunistically engages mechanical systems, using a landscape filled with hydronic tubes as a heat sink and linking saunas and hot pools to the heat exchange cycle.
Status: School Project
Location: Lulea, Sweden