Urban Rigger

Residential

Urban Rigger
Photo: Laurent de Carniere
 

Old shipping containers transformed into carbon-neutral youth housing with the kind of view normally reserved the world over for people in an entire differently income bracket.

Urban Rigger is nothing less than a pioneer of a completely new building typology: a floating, carbon-neutral student home made from upcycled shipping containers.

Designed to solve the shortage of student accommodation in Copenhagen, the structure takes advantage of the underused waterways to develop quality housing in a time of increasing urban density and skyrocketing land values.

Each unit consists of nine shipping containers stacked on top of each other in a layered star shape and the whole is organised around a beautiful communal courtyard that includes a kayak landing, a barbecue area and a bathing platform. Each container has travelled the world at least 50 times and their light blue exteriors refer to Danish shipping history by imitating the colour of traditional fishing cutters.

The overlapping forms frame magnificent views across the harbour, and three rooftops provide space for a small lawn, a roof terrace and an array of solar panels.

The entire structure rests upon a floating platform with automated laundry, storage rooms and technical facilities below sea level. In this way, each Urban Rigger is a sustainable floating village in itself – but with the possibility of connecting with neighbouring units in the future, it may grow to become a fully-fledged floating city.

Area

Christianshavn

Client

Udvikling Danmark

Architect

BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group

Engineer

House on Water

Built

2017