Eco-friendly waterfront communities
URBAN RIGGER provides an unique opportunity to evolve the cities’ unused water locations by creating floating sustainable housing communities.
From a place to live to a way of living
Due to great influx into metropolitan cities, urbanisation has been accelerating which poses a huge gap in providing affordable housing for everyone. It is particularly challenging for students to find permanent housing in urban settings. Urban Rigger aims to bridge this gap by offering small floating villages in the smartest and most sustainable way.
We have already created a floating student village in the harbor of Copenhagen. The village hosts 72 apartments, each with a kitchen and a bathroom. The housing also has a roof top terrace that gives beautiful views towards the bright blue sea. There is also a small, green courtyard in the middle of the containers for bikes, kayaks and barbecues, and a large community room in the basement with a kitchen and TV room in the one end and a laundry room and storage rooms in the other end.
The Urban Rigger student housing in Copenhagen currently has around 100 students living onboard. The community is an important part of living on Urban Rigger and works as a space for young people who want to make something out of themselves, who have clear ideas about the planet and future, and who want to live close to their friends and place of education.
Designed after the LEGO principles
World leading architect Bjarke Ingels designed Urban Rigger using building principles of LEGO for connectivity and flexibility. Lego is about fantasy and creativity, and the design is easily replicable to floating apartment blocks of varying size as needed and desired. Urban Rigger can be located anywhere with water access. This gives us the opportunity to use Urban Rigger in multiples ways; for retail and office spaces, as well as for residency, which works to bring life and identity to former industrial areas.
We are currently working on different projects
bringing sustainable accommodation
to harbors around the world.
If you would like to know more about how the Urban Rigger project was created as a means to solve the global issue regarding a lack of student housing, you can read more about the situation and our solution to the this issue on the
About Us site.
Our CO2 footprint is close to zero
75% of the energy is delivered from the surrounding sea water
The heating and hot water is generated by a heat pumps
Solar panels help powering the heat pumps
The material lifecycle perspective is also considered in all our constructions, inside as well as outside. The hull itself is made of watertight concrete and requires no maintenance, no surface treatment and no ducking. The containers are made of corten steel, which minimizes the need for maintenance as well. In this sense, an Urban Rigger can last forever.
Our partners and their technologies are playing a key role in obtaining our sustainable goals. Meet and learn more about our partners on our Global Partners site.