A four-story barge floating off of Treasure Island, a former San Francisco Navy base, is suspected to be a super secret Google facility. No, this isn’t a plot point of The Circle, Dave Eggers’ dystopian novelization of an Orwellian Silicon Valley, but actual news that broke this weekend.
Although the tech giant declined to comment, a local CBS affiliate reports that it learned Google is building a floating marketing center, “a kind of giant Apple store, if you will — but for Google Glass, the cutting-edge wearable computer the company has under development.”
CNET suspects it’s the floating data center Google was granted a patent for in 2009, an idea that TIME named one of the best inventions of 2008.
Here’s what it was supposed to look like:
The barge, constructed out of shipping containers, probably isn’t bougie enough to be the rumored a “Googleplex at Sea,” which would allow the company to utilize immigrant entrepreneurs’ and engineers’ skills without the necessitation of a visa. As for that libertarian paradise, we’ll just have to wait.