How Shipping Containers are Giving Students a Place to Live
BIG is a Copenhagen, New York and London based group of architects, designers, researchers and inventors who have come up with the unique idea to stack nine shipping containers on a floating base to create 15 studio residences. The structure would be two stories high, and would have angled blocks with their ends overlapping to create the frame of a shared garden in the centre of the mobile platform. The platform will also be equipped with a communal space, and a rooftop terrace that will be rigged with solar panels that assist in satisfying the platform’s energy needs. The unique design will also help to protect the structure from the threat of rising sea levels.
This innovative housing structure was devised by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and his team at BIG in response to the struggling student population in the very expensive city of Copenhagen. Floating housing platforms allow architects to utilize, rather than be hindered, by Denmark’s maritime heritage. The company estimates that just 5% of the waterfronts across 20 European cities could result in an additional 169,500 student studios. The innovative idea to move student housing to the harbours of expensive cities could also be applied in Canada. Vancouver is currently struggling with extremely expensive student housing costs, and is located right next to the pacific ocean. Essentially, the city fits all the criteria to be a perfect candidate for this form of student housing.