Swaying in the harbour of Denmark's capital, Copenhagen, Urban Rigger is a truly innovative take on meeting the increasing demands for student housing in big cities. The rigger is designed by Bjarke Ingels (BIG) and consists of nine upcycled ship containers stacked on a concrete foundation with a total weight of 600 tonnes. The rigger consists of 12 apartments, each complete with a kitchen, bathroom and windows from floor to ceiling. Below sea level is a surprisingly large basement with a common area, washing facilities and individual lockers for each apartment.
“Our partners have supplied us with top-class solutions. For instance, Grundfos has not just supplied us with products, they have in fact been instrumental in developing the rigger, and they will continue to be so in the future”, says Rasmus Rømeling, CEO and responsible for the overall strategy of Urban Rigger.
Besides solar cells on the roof and a system to extract energy from the sea and turn it into heating, the rigger has been equipped with Grundfos Multilift MDG lifting stations to manage wastewater.
“提升站已经运行了一年没有在所有任何麻烦。In the beginning, I often checked on them to make sure everything was working properly. But I quickly realised that it wasn’t necessary, because they perform perfectly. It is a great relief”, says Peter Mayntzhusen.
Apart from the lifting stations and two ALPHA2 circulator pumps for water supply, Urban Rigger has several Grundfos UNILIFT KP250 pumps installed as an important part of the security system. The submersible drainage pumps are placed in each corner of the basement, ready to remove any water if there is an overflow.
She is one of the first students to inhabit Urban Rigger, but soon, the community will grow rapidly. In 2019, five more riggers will be berthed next to the first one, creating a dynamic environment on the waterways. Furthermore, several other European cities have already showed an interest in the innovative student housing, and Urban Rigger is prepared to take the learnings from Copenhagen to the next step.
The first ever Urban Rigger was inhabited by students in the summer of 2018. Soon, five more riggers will dock next to the original to create a dynamic environment on the waterways.
Wastewater handling on floating student housing
拉斯穆斯Rømeling，城市索具的CEO, is grateful for the strong cooperation his company has enjoyed with a top-class partner like Grundfos.
格兰富has supplied the Urban Rigger with several advanced and energy-efficient products. Besides lifting stations for wastewater and ALPHA2 circulators for water supply, several UNILIFT KP250 secure the rigger against water overflow.