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These Floating Shipping Containers Might Be the Coolest Dorms Ever Created

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To address a growing need for student housing in Copenhagen, Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group has designed Urban Rigger, an assemblage of floating stacked shipping containers that redefine the dorm.

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With its configuration of nine shipping containers stacked around a central winter garden, Urban Rigger offers more than 3,200 square feet of housing on the Copenhagen harbor with stunning water views.

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Students have private bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens, with shared living space that includes a kayak landing, a bathing platform, barbecue area, and communal roof terrace as well as a below-sea-level basement for storage and laundry.

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“Copenhagen’s harbor remains an underutilized and underdeveloped area at the heart of the city,” the architects said in a project description, adding that the Urban Rigger isn’t a one-off solution for the Danish capital, but a patented concept that the architects hope will bring viable, affordable, C02-neutral student housing to the underused port areas of densely packed postindustrial port cities around the world.

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“The housing is also buoyant, like a boat,” the architects said, “so that can be replicated in other harbor cities where affordable housing is needed, but space is limited.”

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