EUROPE is experiencing a shortage of housing for students. But Danish architect Bjarke Ingels has come up with an innovative solution to the problem.
The design, which he calls Urban Rigger, consists of floating houses on canals, lakes and harbours.
Shipping containers converted into accommodation are placed on pontoons with space enough for 12 students to live in. Each pontoon has a landing area for kayaks, a bathing platform, a place for barbecues and a roof terrace.
The first – and until now only – example can be found in Copenhagen. But if Ingels’ plans are fulfilled, his floating homes will be housing students all over Europe very soon. – dpa
Pineda (left) and Torrington at the launch.