Container villages get the green light

New rules mean that container housing can be erected on unused municipal land for ten years, instead of just three

While developers can take years to put together a proposal to build homes for students, old shipping containers can easily be retrofitted to create temporary homes.

Floating in Copenhagen harbour is one example, the Urban Rigger, by design firm BIG. It consists of six containers welded into a circular two-storey mini village.

The Urban Rigger is just a concept piece for now, but the city’s first actual temporary container village is taking shape on nearby RefshaleĂžen.

“Since we received the green light from the municipality, we’ve been building round the clock to welcome the first batch of students on November 1,” says co-founder Frederik Noltenius Busck.

The project was only able to go ahead after the government changed the law earlier this year. Municipalities used to be able to rent out undeveloped land as sites for temporary housing for only three years at a time. This has now been increased to ten years.

“We’ve been working hard to get the planning law for temporary housing changed from three years to ten. We need 10 years at a guaranteed location to make a sound business case that banks will support,” Busck explains.

CPH Village 1 will house around 170 students when fully occupied this spring. The 20-square-meter homes will cost students around 4,000 kroner a month. Although they will have their own kitchens and living spaces, students will have to share a shower and toilet with one other person. M

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By Peter Stanners

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