A design project from NLE architects, a pioneering sustainable development for the waterfront slums community of Lagos, Nigeria.
Makoko Floating School is a prototype floating structure located on the lagoon heart of Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos. The floating structure adapts to the tidal changes and varying water levels, making it invulnerable to flooding and storm surges.
The Dutch/Nigerian architecture studio analyses the situation of Lagos lagoon and adapts its design to the needs of the community.
The project has been thought as a pilot project for the future of this village. They designed a unique structure that can be repeated in series in order to change over time the current living situation of the inhabitants of Makoko.
Makoko floating school is a sustainable project, it has been designed to use renewable energy, to recycle organic waste and to harvest rainwater, as well as promoting low carbon transport.
From NLÉ Studio of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, regard the project say: "In many ways, Makoko epitomises the most critical challenges posed by urbanisation and climate change in coastal Africa. At the same time, it also inspires possible solutions and alternatives to the invasive culture of land reclamation."