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Nick Buccelli

Nick Buccelli

San Francisco, CA, US

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Data Diving // M.Arch Thesis, UC Berkeley // Spring 2012

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.

 
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Status: School Project
Location: Lulea, Sweden

 
The heat exchange cycle includes sauna huts and a landscape of occupiable hot pools.
The heat exchange cycle includes sauna huts and a landscape of occupiable hot pools.
The geothermal loop field connects to the roof structure via a curtain of conduit.
The geothermal loop field connects to the roof structure via a curtain of conduit.
A gallery of servers immersed in pools of mineral oil stretches below a vast roof filled with mechanical infrastructure.
A gallery of servers immersed in pools of mineral oil stretches below a vast roof filled with mechanical infrastructure.
 Tourists and locals cross country ski to visit the data center and enjoy a sauna. Mayors of the local towns win an economic driver for the region and an amenity for residents.
Tourists and locals cross country ski to visit the data center and enjoy a sauna. Mayors of the local towns win an economic driver for the region and an amenity for residents.
in Luleå, Sweden, there is significant snow accumulation long into the spring season.
in Luleå, Sweden, there is significant snow accumulation long into the spring season.
Sweden has a highly reliable electrical grid tied to an enormous hydroelectric resource.
Sweden has a highly reliable electrical grid tied to an enormous hydroelectric resource.
Data Diving works with the typical architectural rubric of data centers, emphasizing repeated modules of IT equipment in plan and enormous HVAC plenums to accomodate mechanical flows in section.
Data Diving works with the typical architectural rubric of data centers, emphasizing repeated modules of IT equipment in plan and enormous HVAC plenums to accomodate mechanical flows in section.

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