Floating Shipping Container Home - Urban Rigger by Bjarke Ingels Group


1. Exterior Photos
2. Interior Photos
3. Video
4. Heat Pump
5. Construction Process
6. Location
7. Designer Contact
8. Links

Project: Urban Rigger
Design: Bjarke Ingels Group
Containers: 9
Area: 300 
Year: 2016
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Description from designers

Urban Rigger is a unique, design protected, patented, floating, flexible, CO2 neutral and mobile property totaling 680 , which is spread over 300  of housing (9 + 3 individual student residence a respectively. 23  – 27 ), a 160  common green courtyard, Kayak landing, Bathing platform, BBQ area, as well as 65  communal roof terrace. Downstairs below sea level, the 230  pontoon (basement), Comprising: 12 storage rooms, technical room and common fully automated laundry.

Designers utilize up-cycled shipping containers to create floating shipping container home.

Shipping container is probably the most optimised infrastructure on the planet. The container system is a uniform system that is used in every continent. Shipping containers are accessible everywhere. The problem arises when shipping container reaches the end of its lifecycle. Depending on global steel prices, shipping containers are either abandoned or melted down. If shipping container is melted down, it will have consumed 8.5 megawatt in its life cycle. So instead of recycling, we are banking on up cycling. In other words, continuing the container’s life cycle in a different way. It costs as little as 450 kilowatts and it does away with the approximately 1,100 tonnes of CO2 required to build a new, traditional home. By revitalizing these old structures we help to maintain a low environmental impact of Urban Riggers.





Sustainable Materials Approach

We want to do our best to preserve our natural capital. The material lifecycle perspective is considered in all our constructions, inside as well as outside. Healthy materials are chosen to create a good indoor climate. Our partners and their technologies are playing a key role in generating heating and cooling, while ensuring internal climate comfort and keeping energy use to a minimum. Instead of using traditional, bulky insulation materials, we are using at aerogel, which was developed for space travel and Aluthermo reflective insulation. It is a form of insulation consisting of thin aluminium foil made from recycled aluminium derived from beer and soda cans, for example.

Social responsibility and Socially responsible graduates

The Urban Rigger floating shipping container home project is primarely developed as student residence. Young people who want to make something of themselves, who have clear ideas about the planet and the future, who want to live close to their friends and their place of education.


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Heat Pump


An efficient, economical, and above all – environmental responsible and sustainable solution!

As URBAN RIGGER is a floating dwelling, it seemed natural to utilize the surrounding water as a free and clean heating source, utilizing the latest technology from our global partners.



Using the Seawater as a natural source of heat, is not only clever, but has a number of exiting advantages:

  • The heat transfer rate from water is higher than using the ground as a heat source.
  • The water is in close contact with the entire pipe at all times enhancing its efficiency.
  • The flow/circulation of water provides constant energy replacement.
  • The return temperature to the heat pump is generally 5-6°C higher than ground collectors, increasing the efficiency of the Danfoss heat pump in the URBAN RIGGER.




A cold-water anti-freeze mix is pumped through a series of energy absorbing non-corrosive hydro pex pipes in the base slab of the hull on URBAN RIGGER. As heat naturally flows from warmer to cooler places, the anti-freeze mix circulating around the array is constantly warmed by the sea’s low-grade heat.

During summer months, harbor water hovers around 18-21 degrees Celsius, and the URBAN RIGGER floating shipping container home sends heated water through 800 meters of hydro pex-pipes to the apartments, where the off-grid-connected 5 kWh-capacity Danfoss heat pump , boost temperatures to between 40-55 degrees Celsius for heating and warm water through the system for floor heating and utility water.



In winter months, when seawater temperatures dip as low as 2 degrees Celsius, the heat exchanger boosts water temperatures up to 70 degrees Celsius, witch is the perfect level water temperature each apartment requires for comfort and enjoyable living in the winter months.

An Efficient, Economical, and above all, an Environmental responsible and sustainable Solution.  The Danfoss 5 KW heat pump combined with a 7,5 Kwh Hanwha Q-Cells PV panel solution on the URBAN RIGGER roof, charging the dual 3,5 KW Lit-Ion battery banks, creates the sustainable and cost-effective heating source needed, generating a whopping 17,5 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of heat from just 1kWh of electricity, reducing the coefficient of performance for the heat pump, while reducing emissions by 81% compared to conventional heating using natural gas, grid or oil as a power source.





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Location


Address Refshalevej, 1432 Refshaleøen, Denmark


Bjarke Ingels Group


Copenhagen

Address Kløverbladsgade 56, 2500 Valby, Copenhagen, Denmark
Phone +45.7221.7227
Website https://www.big.dk
Email big@big.dk

London

Address 2 Finsbury Avenue, Ground Floor, London EC2M 2PA, UK
Email lon@big.dk

New York

Address 45 Main Street, 9th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
Phone +1 347.549.4141
Email nyc@big.dk





Links


Official website http://www.urbanrigger.com
Article in FastCoDesign https://www.fastcodesign.com/3063804/bjarke-ingelss-next-project-reinventing-student-housing
Article in DigitalTrends https://www.digitaltrends.com/home/bjarke-ingels-reimagines-student-housing/
Article in Archinect https://archinect.com/news/article/149970030/introducing-bjarke-ingels-floating-student-housing-urban-rigger