“Makoko floating school” by NLÉ in Nigeria


“The study of architecture and urbanism NLE, with offices in Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Lagos (Nigeria), constructs a prototype of a floating building by a triangular structure made of wood and bamboo on a platform of recycled plastic barrels. Through this project, the NLE team, led by the architect Kunle Adeyemi, aims to respond the needs and social problems of Makoko, a coastal town with a population of around 100,000 inhabitants that is based on a large lake located on the outskirts of Lagos.”

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“In Makoko, one of several places, that never received a single penny of the oil wealth – Nigeria is the eighth largest producer of crude- talking of drinking water, electricity or education is still a dream that refuses to awakening. In NLE, consider the planning and the project as a tool in the service of people to urban and community strengthening.

In this sense, the construction of the school was carried out in collaboration with the people in Makoko, using the knowledge of the community and taking advantage of this opportunity to create jobs and strengthen the sense of belonging. This participatory approach has helped to address real social needs and to develop a system of alternative construction where the environmental impact is minimized.

So have been used local materials-wood and bamboo, to minimize transport costs of building elements and are considered standards of environmental sustainability with low carbon, waste reduction and renewable energy. ” Makoko floating school can be considered, without any doubt, a clear example of cultural sustainability. By creating a highly needed service to the local population, a bond of identity for all is created. Furthermore, based on the type and native constructive means, serious improvements are introduced into the architecture.


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