Shipping Containers Repurposed as Floating Student Accommodation
Denmark – Urban Rigger, designed by Bjarke Ingels’ firm for Copenhagen harbor, the accommodation can be configured in lots of different ways. One example is a complex of 9 shipping containers stacked in 2 levels on a floating platform to create 15 studio residences. Windows and doors are punched out of the corrugated frames and they are connected via glazed greenhouses. The containers are arranged in such a way that the ends overlap to form a shared garden in the center. The roofs of the top level shipping containers are not wasted space and are used for terraces, gardens and solar panelling. The development also has a low environmental impact using upcycling, heat source pumps, solar panels and low-energy pumps. The development also aims to take advantage of the city’s underused waterways and to future-proof against rising sea-levels.