Urban Rigger – Engineering the visions of tomorrow’s architecture

  • Turning the urbanization challenge into a solution

    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.

  • Urban Rigger - key visuals
    • "The battle for a more sustainable future will be won or lost in cities."

      - World Future Council


  • The challenges

    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

  • Thinking smart depends on collaboration across stakeholders

    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


  • Engineering visionary architecture

    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.

  • Smart energy solutions for the homes of tomorrow

    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.

  • Start your career by engineering tomorrow

    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.

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