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Arcari Cimini Architettura designs Data Center Floating Island

The concept looks to create an entire floating city centered around a data center.

February 18, 2021 |
DCFI concept

Renderings courtesy Arcari Cimini Architettura

The Data Center Floating Island (DCFI) concept looks to reinterpret the data center not just as functional infrastructure but as a new architectural and urban typology.

DCFI will be located in the open sea at the meeting points of different networks, becoming a hub for interconnection, maintenance, and cable control. The self-sufficient island has the ambition of being its own city inhabited by researchers and workers. The island will reuses heat and dissipated energy from the machines and be resilient to climate change and rising seas.


DCFI concept


The concept is divided into 10 main areas:

1. Data center space and aquaponics

2. Technical spaces

3. Deposits

4. Researchers’ homes

5. Common spaces

6. Public Square

7. Research areas

8. Recreational and commercial spaces

9. Leisure areas

10. Internal harbor

Beneath the DCFI will be submarine turbines for electrical production, connections with submarine internet cables, and the uptake for the cooling system.


DCFI concept during the day


Data Center on DCFI


DCFI concept

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