This data center design aims to create comfortable space for both servers and people by benefitting from the local microclimate in Reno. The geometry is primarily defined by CFD wind studies for natural ventilation. This wind concept does not only apply to interior spaces. More specifically, the central courtyard is blocked from the cold north-eastern Winter wind while still allowing a nice north-western Summer breeze to pass through. The mass is further developed by drawing inspiration from the geological concept of aeolian erosion. Moreover, a double façade is implemented on the base of solar irradiance studies for shading and daylight.
The project gives special attention to heat transfer between server and people programs. We namely developed an interior geometric unit that transfers residual server heat to the people space via wind channels and water loops. The latter system makes use of the existing water bodies adjacent to our site. As a result, servers enjoy free cooling from the Reno wind while people enjoy free heating and hot springs from the servers.