At a dinner party last night another architect discussed Danish phenomenon Bjarke Ingels and said admiringly, "this guy can sell anything to anyone." And now he is selling the idea of shipping container housing, floating in Copenhagen harbour, called Urban Rigger. According to Designboom,
The scheme provides affordable and sustainable homes for young academics studying in Copenhagen, Denmark. measuring a total of 680 square meters, [7319 SF] each structure comprises 15 living spaces articulated around a common green courtyard. Other amenities include a kayak landing, a bathing platform, a barbecue area, and a communal roof terrace. Downstairs, below sea level, the pontoon basement features 12 storage zones, a technical room, and a fully automated laundry.
Setting the containers up this way does create a lovely interior courtyard. The project also is full of green features like solar power and water source heat pumps. Ingells, who never does something in a straightforward manner when he can give it a twist, notes that " the standard dimensions of a shipping container ensure that urban rigger units can be transported by road, water, or air to anywhere in the world at a very low cost. "
Of course, that is before their sides are surgically removed and they are reinforced so that they can sit with ends cantilevered out; shipping containers are designed to have corner posts and corner castings stacked on top of each other like they are on a container ship. But that is a minor problem for someone like Bjarke Ingels.
Lots more photos in Designboom