Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Client: Digital Realty
RIBA: stage 7 (2017)
Role: Lead Designer / Client Rep / Novated Architect
IT power: 11,520kW to 18,000kW
IT cooling: Indirect Air Cooling
IT area: 7,200m²
Total area: 15,600m²
In 2013, NWA plc were commissioned for the design of a new build data centre, comprising:
The new Amsterdam facility is one of the latest additions to Digital Realty’s large portfolio of data centres. This purpose-built data centre accommodates rentable space for in excess of 20,000m². The design was for a “state of the art” power, cooling and system redundancy facility, to offer maximum flexibility to tenants.
The facility hosts 6 data halls, of approximately 1,200m² each, with up to 3,000kW. Further 3,000m² of ancillary space, split between GF and FF, along with an external generator compound support the white space. Roof mounted Indirect air units provide the cooling, which is flooded into the technical rooms.
The De President Business state and the municipality imposed strict design requirements concerning the height and the relationship of the built form to the site boundaries.
This requirement for a building facade set on the public highway boundary, and with open fenestration facing the public domain is not compatible with the requirements of a data centre. However, with the use of a false security wall on the pavement edge, and a separate office block with a glazed curved facade, the imposed design requirements were satisfied.
The building mass provides the functional requirements of a data centre. The use of varying cladding materials, from solid pre-cast concrete panels, composite colour coated metal panels, to full height glazing satisfies the need for security and the aesthetic for urban design.
Along with the data hall, the brief required for the design of a high-end office suite, of approximately 2,260m². The proposal provides the office block, which is to human scale, with the ability to be transparent and open, planned as the main frontage facing the park’s open landscaping and large lake. The designed building aligns its facade to the curved boundary, with a ribbon of landscaped land in between, and consists of a two storey high glazed volume, which makes the most of the views to and from the building. The organic shape and interface with the site is reflected in the choice of colours and materials.
This block acts as a buffer between the public space and the data centre, which sits behind.
The De President data centre was designed using the latest BIM tools. The proposal was produced working closely with the structural, mechanical and electrical design engineers, the client, planners and was developed in collaboration with the construction company to ensure the most efficient, accurate and timely effective building was delivered.
The development of Digital’s data centre on the De President’s site met with such positive results, that the adjoining site was acquired and NWA with the design partners were commissioned by Digital to procure a second 6 data hall building, following the successful design of the completed building.