Barbara Strozzilaan 251
In 2009, the datacenter located on the Amsterdam Zuidas was increased from 106 meters to almost 150 meters and thus became one of the highest buildings in the city. The tower was also embellished that year, after the design of architect Christof Schwencke. The concrete shaft of the tower was painted azure. The shaft, with a surface of over two thousand square meters, was covered in five layers of coating. One of the requirements that the municipal council of Amsterdam made prior to issuing the building permit had to do with the aesthetic aspect. The tower shouldn’t look out of place among the prestigious and beautifully designed structures on the Zuidas.
Light art has been installed in the tower. The design of the light art is an initiative of the Projectbureau Zuidas, the Virtueel Museum Zuidas and KPN. The artwork, White Noise, was designed by the well-known light artist Giny Vos. When it gets dark, a constantly changing image of planets and stars appears on the tower. A twinkling universe crossed by meteorites and livened by small explosions. Sometimes lines of code consisting of letters and numbers appear in this universe, as a sign of human communication.