2 mar. 2013

floating school in Makoko (Lagos) by NLÉ

NLÉ successfully completed test floating platforms in September 2012 (Image: NLÉ)
Completion of the base platfrom in November 2012 (Image: NLÉ)
The school uses approximately 256 plastic drums to float on the water  (Image: NLÉ)

The Makoko school design hopes to provide new living opportunities for the community (Imag...

Frame construction taking shape at the end of 2012 (Image: NLÉ)

Architecture has always had the ability to shape how we live our lives and our relationship with the surrounding environment. For the residents of Makoko, Lagos in Nigeria, the threat of flooding is a part of their daily existence, with the July 2012 floods in Nigeria killing 363 people and displacing over 2 million residents. Out of this devastation and the subsequent eviction of residents from slums built on the waterfront, a floating school and a floating town is being created in this water community, designed by NLÉ Architects.

The Makoko Floating School: a floating building prototype for African water communities
According to the architects, ‘pioneer sustainable development in coastal African cities’ 

The Makoko Floating School is built on a flotation platform and is being constructed using local materials.
 A 3-storey high wooden structure with space for rainwater storage, it also features PV cells and a playground and green area on the ground floor, together with two further classrooms on the first and second floor. 

Speaking to architect Kunlé Adeyemi of NLÉ about the design of the floating school, he said that using floating devices meant they were not relying on the total strength of the soil, as the soil around Makoko is particularly loose. He spoke of the adaptability of the design, as the water level changes frequently in the area so they 'wanted a design that would adapt to the changing conditions' and added that the area has now become a public, communal space with the community interested to see materials that they are familiar with used in a different way.

The project will source sustainable local materials (Image: NLÉ)

The design team has included a playground on the base level with a further two floors for ...

NLÉ's design hope to become a prototype model that can be replicated (Image: NLÉ)

If the prototype is successful, replicated structures could provide homes for over 100,000...

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