In pictures: The world's coolest datacentres

Data centres need to be secure, temperature controlled, spacious, redundant, reliable – nothing sexy. But that doesn't mean they can't be. Here are a few that rise above the crowd and take advantage of the possibilities.

Citi datacentre, Frankfurt, Germany The facility uses fresh air for cooling, reverse osmosis to reduce sediment build-up in cooling towers and thereby saving 13 million gallons of water per year and uses virtualisation to reduce the number of physical servers needed. But the building also has a green roof made up of living plants that help reduce run-off from the building and to keep it cool. The green wall shown here is made up of living plants that don't improve the efficiency of the centre, but promote biodiversity at the site.

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