Danish Firm Creates Floating Student Village

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Danish housing and architect firm, Urban Rigger, has developed a floating community for college students using old shipping containers.

The sustainable housing start-up founded in 2013, and will make the units available to students at a price of £462 per month.

Consisting of nine shipping containers per unit, each will be able to house 12 students and comes with a central courtyard, a bathing platform, a kayak landing and a BBQ area. Each dorm also comes equipped with private bathrooms and kitchens and students living in the accommodation will receive a free fishing rod each.

The dorm is powered by solar energy and is insulated with ultra-light aerogels developed by NASA, while floor to ceiling windows will provide views overlooking the water.

The first prototype unit is located off a pier close to central Copenhagen but Urban Rigger hopes that it will be one of many in cities that are struggling with housing shortages and rising sea levels.

The company is already planning a further 24 units in Sweden and a further 20 in other locations in Denmark. It has also received enquiries from over 30 other locations, including North America, Europe and South Korea.

It's hoped that the project will enable students to live in a central location at an affordable rent, with average properties in Copenhagen's centre costing well over $1,200 a month on average.