As society increasingly relies on data, architects must consider the environmental impact of data centers and develop eco-friendly designs. Our team was tasked with creating a prototype for a fast-growing data company's center, using a mountainous site in Korea.
Our data center design takes inspiration from the traditional Korean Confucian campus style, which is often situated along hills, embodying a nature-friendly attitude and emphasizing ample open space. The scattered volumes above ground are linked by an AI-controlled underground facility, optimizing maintenance of the data center. The scattered configuration allows more public open space and nature and also ensures redundancy and resiliency of the data servers. Moreover, the cloud-like roof structures establish a passive cooling network, fostering a micro-ecosystem around the center, while creating its unique visual appeal.