The idea was born by in Copenhagen in the fall of 2013 by the Company’s founder, Kim Loudrup.
The idea was to develop a revolutionary and innovative floating dwelling system that will have a positive impact on the housing situation for students in Europe, as well as completing an attractive untapped and geographically independent niche in the market, “the water ways” – thousands of kilometers of unused quay’s across the harbor, canal and river intensive cities across the world. And to prove that, it is possible to find a balance between idealism and sound business (you just have to look for it).
Copenhagen seemed perfect as a starting point, being one of the ten costliest cities in the world to live in, puts pressure on many, but especially the young generation (our future) who managed to get accepted into a higher education at the university typically located in the cities. Each year, thousands of newly enrolled students wind up on the student housing office’s official list of people in urgent need of a place to live, and it is well-known fact that the real problem far exceeds the official registration. A situation that, by all standards, is completely unacceptable!
Kim got introduced to world renowned architect Bjarke Ingels through a mutual friend, and It took the visionary architect less than 3 minutes to see the need and the potential for the concept. He immediately added a 4 dimension in the design – to what is today known as the URBAN RIGGER version 1.0
The floating student residence URBAN RIGGER, is a private initiative in response to the unacceptable student housing situation. The first full scale URBAN RIGGER was delivered in the summer 2016 in Copenhagen, as the first in a potential fleet of mobile, sustainable dwellings, for students, refugees and others, in urgent need of a home.