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Makoko Floating School: Nigeria

In what some describe as activism architecture, a man called Kunle Adeyemi (NLÉ) took it upon himself to make a difference by pioneering a project geared towards building sustainable buildings that float on water. We applaud and honor his work.

Makoko is located in Lagos, Nigeria and it’s an area prone to flooding. For many generations the inhabitants of Makoko traditionally built their houses on stilts. Unfortunately, the community is facing challenges from increasing sea level rise due to climate change. After a visit to Makoko, Kunle Adeyemi was inspired to build a sustainable community that floats on water using recycled materials such as plastic barrels and triangular structures made of wood and bamboo. In 2013, solar powered Makoko school was completed.

Makoko School. Photo: NLÉ.
Makoko School. Photo: NLÉ.
Floating School Lagos Diagram. Photo: NLÉ
Floating School Lagos Diagram. Photo: NLÉ
Floating School Lagos Diagram. Photo: NLÉ
Floating School Lagos Diagram. Photo: NLÉ
Makoko School. Photo: NLÉ/ Inhabitat
Makoko School. Photo: NLÉ/ Inhabitat
Makoko School. Photo: NLÉ.
Makoko School. Photo: NLÉ.
Makoko School. Photo: NLÉ.
Makoko School. Photo: NLÉ.
Makoko. Photo: Nle/ Kunle Adeyemi/ designboom.com
Makoko. Photo: Nle/ Kunle Adeyemi/ designboom.com
Makoko School. Photo: NLÉ.
Makoko School. Photo: NLÉ.
Makoko School. Photo: NLÉ.
Makoko School. Photo: NLÉ.
Children playing with one of the platforms Photo: NLÉ
Children playing with one of the platforms Photo: NLÉ
Kunle Adeyemi. Photo: designindaba.com
Kunle Adeyemi. Photo: designindaba.com

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