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Bjarke Ingles creates student housing from floating containers

22 September 2016 | By Joe Quirke | 5 Comments

A Danish start-up developer called Urban Rigger has completed a floating structure offering affordable housing for students.

The unusual halls of residence, which were designed by Copenhagen-based architect Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), were made from nine shipping containers. These have been arranged in a circle to create 15 studio residences around a central winter garden.

The inaugural project is located in the Danish capital’s harbour, which BIG describes as an “underdeveloped area at the heart of the city”.

The idea can easily be transferred to other harbor cities where “affordable housing is needed, but space is limited”.

Urban Rigger also contains a barbecue area, a bathing platform, a kayak dock and a communal roof terrace. There is additional storage space and a technical room beneath sea level.

Urban Rigger says there will be a deficit of 4 million student beds in Europe by 2025, and an estimated 45,000 homes will be needed for young people in Copenhagen by 2020.

Rent for a private room, bathroom and kitchen on an Urban Rigger will be $600 a month.

The project could also generate clean energy like hydropower for heating and solar power for energy. It will be carbon neutral.

Ingles told the FactCoDesign website: “In terms of sea level rise, this is the most resilient form of housing because it moves with the water. It’s the only building type that will never flood.”

Read more about the project here.

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