Makoko: Nigerian Architect Designs A Floating School That Won't Flood (PHOTOS)

Makoko: Nigerian Architect Designs A Floating School That Won't Flood (PHOTOS)

Kunlé Adeyemi (born 7 April 1976) is a Nigerian-born, Netherlands-based architect, urbanist and creative researcher. He designed a floating school for the Makoko settlement in Lagos, and his ideas are now being made material.

Makoko is home to about 250,000 people living mostly in makeshift structures on stilts. The main mode of transport is canoe, and the area is at constant risk of flooding.

The three-story structure is 108 square feet at its base, and 33 feet high. It sits on a flotation deck made of 256 used plastic drums.

The body is all locally sourced wood.

Makoko: Nigerian Architect Designs A Floating School That Won't Flood (PHOTOS)

The building is designed for about 100 students (aged 4 to 12), and has its own power system based around solar panels on the roof.

The first building is nearly finished. Adeyemi hopes it can be a model for other flood-prone communities in Africa.

Makoko: Nigerian Architect Designs A Floating School That Won't Flood (PHOTOS)
Makoko: Nigerian Architect Designs A Floating School That Won't Flood (PHOTOS)
Makoko: Nigerian Architect Designs A Floating School That Won't Flood (PHOTOS)

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