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Nigeria’s Makoko Floating School

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability

NLEs-floating-school-casts-anchor-in-Lagos-Lagoon_dezeen_ss_1-1London’s Design Museum announced its 2013 Designs of the Year winners yesterday, and we don’t mind saying that while a glamorous building by Zaha Hadid was the winner in the Architecture category, our favorite of the 13 architectural nominees remains a humble project being realized a continent away in Lagos, Nigeria.

The Makoko Floating School, a recently-completed pilot project spearheaded by Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi and his Amsterdam-based NLÉ practice, is a locally sourced and locally built prototype structure, designed to serve Lagos’ lagoon-living Makoko cmmunity. Built as a school, but theoretically applicable to myriad other functions, the floating structure’s strategic triangular shapebuilt with bamboo and discarded woodprovides the structural stability necessary to withstand destructive weather conditions in an impoverished and overpopulated coastal region beset by climate change and land degradation.

Of crucial value to a water-dwelling local population felled by almost no viable infrastructure, ever more vulnerable to climate conditions, and served by just one English-speaking school, the Makoko Floating School aims to provide a sustainable structural solution in a city desperate for one—and for that, we think it deserves design awards aplenty.

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Images: Dezeen

One Comment to "Nigeria’s Makoko Floating School"

  1. Wonderful project for a group of people who will certainly appreciate it.

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