Benthem Crouwel Architects designed data centers AM3 and AM4 for Equinix, a leading global data center provider. They are located on Amsterdam Science park, where about 38 percent of all Dutch data traffic is processed. Cloud services and big data, and hence the data center market, continue to grow exponentially. Benthem Crouwel Architects created a data center complex that follows the strictest rules of safety and security, while delivering attractive buildings that fit within their surroundings. AM3 consists of two mirroring, stacked L-shaped volumes. The office building with its glass atrium radiates transparency and openness. An aerial walkway leads from the customer care rooms to the data rooms.
The 72 meter high tower of AM4 is connected to AM3 by a bridge. A canal acts as the layer of safety, employees and visitors then enter a light and spacious lobby through an identity checkpoint. A bright red bridge marks the passage to the strictly secured area of the data center. After scanning fingerprints one enters the ‘white space’ where the servers are located. The high-rise building is made of triangular aluminum profiles, black on one side and silver on the other, narrowing towards the top – an optical illusion that makes the tower look slimmer. The exterior is grand, clean and cool, with horizontal slants passing the air from the cooling system. The shiny silvery façade reflects first the sky, looking different depending on the weather and how one approaches the building – a visually stunning wrap for our invisible data cloud.