When we wrote about the Sunken Central Park project and mentioned it as a theoretical architectural project that would clearly never be realized, we mentioned also how these types of unrealized designs and thought exercises are incredibly useful for us collectively to visualize solutions to actual problems. Case in point, the Data Skyscraper designed by Valeria Mercuri and Marco Merletti. Their design for the skyscraper addresses a very real problem. We are becoming an increasingly more digitized planet, data centers take up an enormous amount of room, and probably aren’t going to be getting any smaller, they also consume an amazing amount of energy and create a lot of heat. The envisioned Data Skyscraper was placed in Iceland, to obviously take advantage of the naturally much cooler climate, to actually cool the tower, this would probably work pretty well too considering Iceland has a very high percent of renewable energy generation and potential (geothermal and wind). Beautiful design.