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Students in Copenhagen are living in these Bjarke Ingels-designed floating dorms

The floating shipping container dorms (Urban Rigger)
The floating shipping container dorms (Urban Rigger)

If you’re a student in Copenhagen, your next dorm could be on the water, quite literally.

Urban Riggers, a sustainable housing startup founded in 2013, is making floating communities of dorms available to college students at $600 a month.


The dorms, which are modular and made of low-cost shipping containers, are less grungy than you might expect. They each include a bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen, which are all private. There are also common spaces — a courtyard, kayak landing, bathing platform, barbecue area, and roof terrace.

Bjarke Ingels, the renowned Danish architect whose firm has a 10 percent stake in Urban Riggers, designed the units. The first unit (consisting of 12 dorm rooms) opened to the public on September 21.

The first shipping container unit in Copenhagen is accessible by a bridge. A solar array on top of one of the containers powers the homes, and for heating and cooling, the units draw on the surrounding water. (Image Credit : Urban Rigger)
The first shipping container unit in Copenhagen is accessible by a bridge. A solar array on top of one of the containers powers the homes, and for heating and cooling, the units draw on the surrounding water. (Image Credit : Urban Rigger)
Each unit contains six shipping containers arranged in triangles. The center space here has a courtyard. (Image Credit : Urban Rigger)
Each unit contains six shipping containers arranged in triangles. The center space here has a courtyard. (Image Credit : Urban Rigger)
Upstairs, there are boardwalks and roof terraces that offer a terrific view of the city. (Image Credit : Urban Rigger)
Upstairs, there are boardwalks and roof terraces that offer a terrific view of the city. (Image Credit : Urban Rigger)
The dorms all have a private kitchen, private bedroom, and bathroom. Not only do they give ample space, but the windows also allow for plenty of natural light and a great view of the ocean. (Image Credit : Urban Rigger)
The dorms all have a private kitchen, private bedroom, and bathroom. Not only do they give ample space, but the windows also allow for plenty of natural light and a great view of the ocean. (Image Credit : Urban Rigger)
The first location is off a pier close to central Copenhagen. Because properties in the middle of town are usually owned by luxury developers, students often have to move further out from the city center to get anything affordable. (Image Credit : Urban Rigger)
The first location is off a pier close to central Copenhagen. Because properties in the middle of town are usually owned by luxury developers, students often have to move further out from the city center to get anything affordable. (Image Credit : Urban Rigger)
Urban Rigger hopes that this unit will be one of many in cities that are struggling with housing shortages and sea rise. Next up: bringing the floating dorms to Sweden. (Image Credit : Urban Rigger)
Urban Rigger hopes that this unit will be one of many in cities that are struggling with housing shortages and sea rise. Next up: bringing the floating dorms to Sweden.
(Image Credit : Urban Rigger)