With 180,000 people worldwide moving to cities every day, the search for new solutions to housing issues intensifies. On top of solving the challenge of space, we also need to make sure that new housing solutions are attractive, efficient and gentler on the environment.
Finding a sustainable answer to today’s urbanization challenge means exploring the undiscovered resources in our cities.
"The battle for a more sustainable future will be won or lost in cities."
- World Future Council
Around the world urban areas need to accommodate 180,000 new residents every day
In Europe's major cities alone, there's a projected shortfall of more than 4 million student beds by 2025
Today buildings account for 40% of the world's energy consumption and 1/3 of the CO2 emissions
The Urban Rigger project shows how thinking smart can lead to creative ways of solving housing challenges. Like placing buildings on water, rather than land. Developed by Kim Loudrup of Udvikling Danmark in close collaboration with Bjarke Ingels and architects from BIG, these floating dorms are an ambitious attempt to meet Copenhagen’s student housing challenge.
Made out of upcycled shipping containers, construction of the prototype was finished in the summer of 2016 and the Rigger is now located in the city’s harbor. Along with its modern style, the green benefits can also make people feel proud about living there.
"We think smart, and by thinking smart I mean thinking sustainable. Sustainable solutions mean that it both looks good, it is nice to live in, but also that it performs."
– Kent Martinussen, Director, Danish Architecture Centre
"We hope to inspire the next generation of students and my wish in general is just to get them out there and get some roof over their heads. At the end of the day they are our future."
– Kim Loudrup, Founder & CEO, Udvikling Danmark
"Today sustainable is almost another word for common sense or making things practical and smart. And I think companies like Danfoss have pioneered and made cutting edge technology available."
– Bjarke Ingels, Founder & Creative Partner, BIG
"I think the Urban Rigger has the potential to play an important part in solving the challenges of urbanization. The fact that Danfoss is part of a project like this, is what drives us."
– Rune S. Andersen, Engineer & Product Manager, Danfoss
"As the ultimate symbol of hedonistic sustainability, the students can take long, warm showers without feeling guilty."
- Bjarke Ingels, Founder & Creative Partner, BIG
Watch the film and see how innovative architecture in collaboration with smart engineering helped bringing the idea of upcycled containers to live and helped solving the lack of student homes in Copenhagen.
In Urban Rigger, we put our expertise and sustainable solutions to the test. Watch the video and see how we implemented some of our innovative solutions to make the Urban Rigger as sustainable as possible.
In order to keep innovating and help develop projects like Urban Rigger in the future, we need to bring in the expertise of tomorrow’s engineers. Watch the video and see what it’s like to be a postgraduate at Danfoss.
75% of the energy for heating and hot water extracted from the sea
15% energy consumption saved with light floor heating
Up to 95% of heat recovered through the ventilation system
The Urban Rigger uses so-called “Hydro Source Heating”. This is an efficient, economical and sustainable solution that uses the surrounding water as a free and clean heating source. Together with solar panels, it ensures the Danfoss 13KW heat pump functions with very little electricity.
Danfoss has played an important role in implementing the Rigger’s heating and ventilation infrastructure. For example, by implementing our best-in-class floor heating technology, which ensure a comfortable indoor-climate.
We have implemented an innovative recovery ventilation unit which removes stale air and supplies constant fresh air while keeping associated heat loss to a minimum with up to 95% heat recovery.
Create 169,500 student homes within 14,100 urban riggers
Achieve 855 GWh energy savings per year, the equivalent of the energy consumed by an European city with 42,000 citizens
Reduce CO2 emissions with 170 kt CO2 per year, the equivalent of 90,000 EU passenger cars
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