Recycled and modified ship containers on water are set to become cheap and sustainable student housing. Roselle Chen reports
Sailing through university – floating homes for students
These former shipping containers will provide cheap, eco friendly student housing in Copenhagen, one of the world’s most expensive cities.
The new Urban Rigger student housing complex has a total of twelve flats, moored in the Danish capital’s harbor.
Bjarke Ingels is the housing complex’s architect.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ARCHITECT AND FOUNDER, BJARKE INGELS, SAYING:
“So these shipping containers have already traveled collectively around 50 times around the Earth and now they’ve arrived here and we’ve placed them together. You have direct access to swimming in the clean harbor water of Copenhagen. You have a shared roof terrace, you have a solar roof, you have a green roof and then you have, of course, these amazing, compact, student homes.”
The flats are modest, but well appointed.
Sustainability was a big factor in their planning and construction.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) KIM LOUDRUP, CEO URBAN RIGGER, SAYING:
“The special thing about it is, is basically several things – the fact that it’s floating, the fact that it’s 100 percent recyclable products we’re using, the fact that it’s sustainable because we’re using Hanwha Q-Cell solar panels and we’re using the Grundfos and the Danfoss systems for the heating and the pumps. The fact that it’s floating and is in used second-hand containers makes it pretty special.”
The rent will be just 650 Euros (729 USD) per month.
Alexander Loudrup is a University of Copenhagen student.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) STUDENT, ALEXANDER LOUDRUP, SAYING:
“By living in one of these, you will be able to live a very healthy life because you’re not living in the middle of the city, you’re living by the water where the air is clean and also you’ll be away from the distractions and sounds of the city so you’ll be able to concentrate on your work.”
The first students are set to move in by the end of October.
Another complex is planned in the Swedish city of Gothenburg.