Filling Copenhagen’s Voids With Container Housing

CPH Village is soon launching a container housing community that is designed to be relocated wherever there’s an empty space to fill. Can this be a solution to our urban housing shortage?

The trend of repurposing shipping containers for housing is not coming to an end. However, not only relying on the industrial aesthetics but actually embracing the transportation capacity of the containers is a rather new approach. This allows for the temporary installation of CPH Village in former harbor areas in the Danish capital that are not being developed within the next years.

CPH Village is made possible by more flexible zoning laws that should help meeting the increasing demand for affordable housing. Especially students are struggeling to find a place to stay in Copenhagen, hence these containers will be “micro-shelters” for students with prices only 20-30% below market average.

The communal area of CPH Village is complety covered in sustainable wood, hiding a special ventilation system that maintains a healthy indoor climate. As all interior is designed to keep the container’s transportability feature in tact, the student village can be dismantled, relocated and rebuilt within no more than a day.

CPH Village aims to create a space “that reflects your way of living” for young urbanites by organizing community events and providing an urban garden on the container roofs. When you are lucky to get a spot in this community, you can also use their additonal services, such as a discount on groceries and bike repairment.

CPH Village is another interesting idea, similar to 3D-printed social housing in France, that can be scaled up worldwide to solve the urban housing shortage.

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