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Archiprix 2020
A Hyperscale Datacenter for Rotterdam


This project is part of Archiprix 2020

DATAPOLIS, a hyperscale data center in the Rotterdam Maas, is an intervention that explores how the city can reconnect with its water and with public functions, a publicly accessible route and a permanent public square breaks open the most exclusive types of buildings of our time.

Rotterdam Havenstad is no more and the westward move of the port has allowed for the city to reengage with its waters. Datapolis is part of an urban intervention on Katendrecht that explores how Rotterdam could alternatively reengage with the water in former port areas and does so by inserting a contemporary industry, a hyperscale datacenter, in the heart of the city: the Meuse river. As such, it confronts us with the scale and architectural expression of the shadow world of society and our expanding hunger for data as the oil of the 21st century with our privacy as currency.