Interxion, Extension to data centre
Data centres constitute new physical focal points in our online society. They are often inconspicuous commercial buildings, but they make heavy demands on climate control, layout and logistics.
Gottlieb Paludan Architects has extended one of Interxion’s 42 European data centres. The project is part of a staged extension of Interxion’s data centre in Ballerup, a small town in the north-western suburbs of Copenhagen. The existing installations are housed in an old building with a saw-tooth roof. This building is now utilized more efficiently with several data halls for the IT equipment. In addition, the data centre’s support functions have been accommodated outdoors in a new, enclosed technology unit, housing climate-control and cooling equipment together with a power system and an emergency power pack.
The façade design is precise and unpretentious. Secure access control and effective noise suppression against the surroundings were determining factors in the details of the design. A data centre’s raison d’être is first and foremost reliability and secure access management. Gottlieb Paludan Architects translated the strict technical demands of a new building typology into meticulously detailed and well-proportioned architecture.
- Designing an efficient industrial facility with regards to heavy technical demands and high levels of perimeter control.
- Endowing an emerging building typology with a characteristic and strong architectural expression.