There is an unprecedented and urgent need for student housing in European capitals. A problem that Urban Rigger wants to solve by upcycling shipping containers into cool and affordable floating homes. Here's why they have chosen containers:
The container is probably the most optimised infrastructure on the planet. The container system is a uniform system that is used in every continent. Containers are accessible everywhere. The problem arises when the container reaches the end of its working life. Depending on global steel prices, containers are either melted down or abandoned because they are too expensive to freight. If the 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 our Urban Riggers. (via urbanrigger.com)
Urban Rigger just made a short visit to Havnegade in Copenhagen. If you see potential for Urban Rigger in your neighborhood contact the founders here.
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