From concept design through to completion of the largest datacentre in France
With this new datacentre to the west of Paris, Reid Brewin Architects have provided Global Switch Paris with one of the largest surface areas and one of the biggest electrical power supplies in France in terms of datacentres.
The campus consists of two datacentres for hosting computer servers. As well as the redevelopment of the site and renovation of the existing building, the project also included an external parking area on the ground floor and a technical building of 1000 m² housing the electrical generators.
Sleek, elegant design
A technical challenge in terms of climatic conditions and energy supply
Controlling the internal environment is essential to the efficient operation of any datacentre. In considering the climatic requirements of the project from the outset, the design team were able maximise the potential of free-cooling and simplify the air conditionning systems as well as the cable networks.
Reid Brewin Architects collaborated closely with the team of electrical and mechanical engineers from WSP France, continuously reviewing and discussing the design solutions in order to ensure these systems were as efficient and effective as possible.
Need for urban integration
The design concept of the Global Switch Paris datacentre is understated and homogeneous so that volumes integrate harmoniously into the surrounding urban landscape, with the Paris St Lazare and Clichy-Levallois train stations situated close by. Particular attention was paid to the architectural treatment of facades in order that the colour is consistent with similar hues of buildings in the local area.
The site borders the existing Parc des Impressionnistes in Clichy and therefore will be highlighted by the surrounding green spaces that will form part of the proposed urban park nearby at Bac d’Asnières.