Urban Rigger


Refshalevej 155A-F, 1432


Sunday 10-17


  • Hoist / ramp / level access to the front door
  • Level access in the building / site (no stairs)
  • Level access to outdoor areas
  • Lift
  • Accessible restroom
  • Locked doors can be opened from the outside in case of emergency
  • Chairs or benches to rest on
  • Possible to eat / drink
  • Disabled parking
  • Teleloop
  • Member of Solsikkesnoren
  • Member of God adgang

The floating architecture moored at Refshaleøen provides the framework for a strong community. Six small floating islands are home to 100 people who live in Urban Rigger – modern, comfortable and functional housing – built from shipping containers. And landlubbers are welcome.

Urban Rigger is moored at Refshaleøen. You may have seen the six small light-blue islands made of shipping containers on your way to visit Reffen, La Banchina, lille bakery or one of the other local hotspots. The containers are floating, “future-fit” architecture that provide the framework for a unique urban lifestyle on the water.

Urban Rigger was designed by Bjarke Ingels in 2014. The vision was to demonstrate one solution to a set of challenges faced by many cities: insufficient space, lack of affordable housing, gray and dilapidated industrial harbors, and rising global sea levels.

Small and Comfortable on the Water

The rigs are first and foremost a lifestyle and housing form with plenty of fresh sea air, comfort and magnificent views – an exclusive community based on tiny living.

In addition to modern private apartments, each rig houses common areas with a courtyard, rooftop terrace, shared kitchen, storage room and laundry facilities. Most of these areas are actually underwater – inside the concrete platform.

Urban Rigger explores the social and health benefits of living on the water with a sharp focus on the most sustainable solutions. The rigs are all equipped with solar cells, seawater-based underfloor heating, sedum-based green roofs and a concrete foundation that promotes marine biodiversity and clean seawater.

Step Aboard the Container Island

During Open House, you’re invited to step aboard for a closer look at life on Urban Rigger. The doors will open to everything from common areas to technical installations.

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