A palm-swept suburb of Wellington, New Zealand is not the first place you'd look for one of the most powerful purpose-built data centers in the world. Yet Miramar, pop. 8,334, is home to precisely that, along with a huge campus of studios, production facilities and soundstages.

The compound is a project that began 15 years ago, inspired by filmmakers Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor and Jamie Selkirk. The studios have since been the main location for creating The Lord of the Rings movies, King Kong, and several others.

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