Friday, 27 March 2015 16:15

Design of NEXTDC data centre attracts global plaudits

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The design of NEXTDC’s Sydney data centre has been voted as one of five global finalists in an international award program for architecture.

The S1 data centre was nominated for the Architecture +Communication category in the Architizer Architectural Awards by the data centre’s architects, Sydney-based Greenbox Architecture, which have a very strong track record of data centre projects across the Asia-Pacific. Illustrating the broad definitions of ‘communication’ in architecture, other nominees in the category include the Port Miami Tunnel in Florida, USA and the Sifang Art Museum near Nanjing, China.

NEXTDC’s UTI Tier III-certified S1 data centre is located in the Sydney-suburb of Macquarie Park.

Architizer was launched in 2009 as an online platform to publicise architecture and design projects and connect architects to a network of peers, fans and potential clients.

“Greenbox are delighted to be nominated as a finalist on the Architizer Architectural Awards,” said Greenbox Architecture Managing Director Andrew Owens.

“We chose to submit NEXTDC S1 data centre for the awards as it demonstrated that data centres, as previously relegated to industrial areas, could fit comfortably into dense urban and commercial areas. The S1 data centre further demonstrates that architecture can work to reinforce the brand of NEXTDC whilst maintaining its own integrity.”

NEXTDC’s Chief Operating Officer Simon Cooper said the award nomination was well deserved for Greenbox and “the support and input that they provided into NEXTDC's design and development of S1”.

Now in its third year, The Architizer A+Awards  involve a global jury of over 300 architects, thought leaders and developers from companies including Google, Pinterest and Kickstarter, nominating five finalists in each of more than 90 categories. In addition to the A+Awards, Architizer’s social network of over two million followers are invited to vote for their favourite project in each category for the A+Popular Choice Awards – last year over 200,000 votes were submitted.

If you want to support NEXTDC and Greenbox Architecture in the A+Popular Choice Awards, visit the Architizer website and vote for S1.

The Jury winners and Popular Choice winners will both be announced on 14 April.

 

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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