This week there has been much interest and speculation over the strange barge building belonging to Google, located in the San Francisco Bay. Everyone seemed pretty convinced that it was a floating data center due to the ideal situation for an easy cooling source.

However, it would appear the mystery has been solved. A report from CBS’ San Francisco affiliate KPIX, reports that Google is planning to use the unusual building as a re-configurable, invite-only showroom for Google X projects and products. The design means that the showroom will be movable, it can be taken apart and reassembled on demand. KPIX said that it would have three floors of showrooms and a party deck according to “a source who has been on board the vessel.”

Google Barge

Google has been working on the project for months but recently works seem to have come to a standstill. A secondary mystery Google barge, located in the harbour in Portland, Maine, is also currently sitting idle. No one knows why the work has stopped but the Maine coast guard said that it is assumed work will not begin on the Portland structure until the San Francisco Bay project is complete.

It will be interesting to see whether Google confirms or denies these latest reports from KPIX and when the work resumes on Treasure Island.

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