Digiplex Datacentre Competing for the award “Best Innovative Green Building” at MIPIM 2016
Åshild Wangensteen Bjørvik
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The green data centre at Fetsund is an innovation both in terms of size, green profile and technical solutions in a new typology representing the future of industrial buildings in Norway.
It is not rare that you hear something is called “the new oil”. Usually, such comparisons are pure wishful thinking. But if anything were to defend this label, it must be the combination of innovative IT solutions and future-oriented environmental measures.
It is exactly these two factors that are combined in DigiPlex Fet in Akershus. A robust project which is a solid boost for local businesses and Norwegian ICT specifically as a type of building that sets a new standard for what the future will look like for the Norwegian industry.
The future at Fet
The Data Centre in Fet is built by DigiPlex, with the largest IT-services company in Norway, EVRY, as tenants on a 20-year contract. Along with Mad architects we have pushed each other to drive innovation on both IT-solutions and environmental building.
The result: When the IT-centre opened, in 2015, it was the most effective and energy saving data centre in Norway.
To those who wonder what a Data centre is; This is the physical building that stores the things on your cloud, as fast, safe and effective as you expect it to be. We are talking about servers and computers in an enormous scale, which imposes strict demands for both safety and energy efficiency.
The key to success has been an innovative cooling system that removes excess heat from computers and servers by using outdoor air. The modern, energy efficient servers make the centre at Fet one of the most effective and sustainable in the world.
Into the unknown
For Mad-architects, the project was a journey into the unknown, where both program, different requirements and the project’s physical scope had an ambition level not like anything this country had seen before.
As architects it was about solving a series of technical challenges and coordinate experts from various fields who contributed with expertise that our field could never dream of even possess. This led to a process in which the desire to make an eco-friendly building could never come at the expense of general requirements as reliability and usual requirements for a robust project economy.
To work with the Data Centre at Fetsund gave a sense of being in tune with the future. This is a growing industry, where EVRY AS already provide services used by four million people in Scandinavia every day. IT is the new oil, and we are proud to do our part for this to become a green industry.
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