Urban Rigger


The idea of the URBAN RIGGER was born in Copenhagen, in the fall of 2013. The objective 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, namely “the water ways”; thousands of kilometers of unused quays across the harbours, canals and river intensive cities across the world. The objective was also 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 by being one of the ten most costly cities in the world to live in. This puts pressure on many, but especially the younger generations – our future, who have managed to get accepted into a higher education at the university, which are typically located centrally in the cities. Every 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. It is a well-known fact that the real problem by far exceeds the official registration; a situation that, by all standards, is completely unacceptable.

The URBAN RIGGER team met the world renowned architect Bjarke Ingels, and it took the visionary architect less than 3 minutes to see the need and the potential for the concept. He immediately added a fourth dimension to the design – to what is known today as the URBAN RIGGER version 1.0.

The floating student residence, URBAN RIGGER, is a private initiative created as a response to the unacceptable student housing situation. The first full scale URBAN RIGGER was delivered
in the summer 2016, in Copenhagen, as the first of a potential fleet of mobile, sustainable dwellings for students, refugees and others in urgent need of a home.

In the summer of 2019 an additional 5 Riggers joined the first one in Copenhagen, and we now have a fully functional floating village, consisting of 72 apartments.

“The young people who get accepted into higher educations today are the same people that the world will rely on, facing the unprecedented global challenges that lie ahead. Essential basic drivers of the student migration, such as the availability of centralized, sustainable and affordable student housing, is not only elemental, but cardinal in the quest to inspire and attract the best and the brightest to conquer the challenges of our exciting but fragile future.”Bjarke Ingels

Endless Possibilities

Urban Rigger - Endless Possibilities

URBAN RIGGER is a scalable concept in a market with an increasing demand for urban affordable housing, and can be located anywhere with water access.

URBAN RIGGER is designed after the LEGO principles of composition and can be connected to small floating villages from 1 – X units after clients’ own wishes and needs. The Riggers share technical and service functions. Electrical power from the solar panels is stored locally and can be distributed when and where it is needed.

With URBAN RIGGER municipalities, property owners or developers and other waterfront stakeholders can convert neglected urban piers, revitalize overlooked waterfront sections and create win-win opportunities for the community and waterfront stakeholders.

URBAN RIGGER aims to solve the shortage of affordable housing in urban areas by offering small floating (e.g. student) villages made out of container modules. It’s affordable, sustainable, scalable, flexible and surprisingly livable. Adding value to students’ lives and making our cities more complex and lively. It’s good business. Everybody wins.

Besides student housing, URBAN RIGGER can be applied in a broader waterfront revitalization perspective – revitalize neglected sections of waterfronts and adjacent neighborhoods.

Our goal is to create good quality, floating and sustainable housing communities, which are affordable to most. We will bring life to former industrial areas until these are ready for urban development, as well as staying on site after the development has taken place.

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