King Abdulaziz International Airport. Data centers
As part of the project to construct the new King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, the client has appointed ADPI to design to 2 data centers.
KAIA includes two data centers, one to the east of the terminal and the other to the west to provide redundancy. Both data centers were designed on the basis of the same criteria to be identical copies of each other.
The data centers are the “black boxes” of an airport. The sophisticated electronic equipment and IT hardware they contain record all the airport’s flight movements, actions and other movements. These sensitive buildings must therefore meet extremely demanding standards.
In order to do so, the design of the buildings must flow directly from this precondition. The architectural envelope merges the building into its landscape and reflects the colours of the sky and the earth by means of polished metal strips of cladding orientated towards the ground and the sky. These buildings constitute a high added-value programme offering high levels of architectural performance enhanced by the introduction of light wells in the form of planted patios.
ADPI is providing schematic design services for both data centers.