The floating school in Makoko Lagos, Nigeria built by NLÉ Works an Architecture, Design and Urbanism practice focused on developing cities founded in 2010 by Nigerian born architect, Kunle Adeyemi. The project which is supported by the United Nations and Heinrich Boll Foundation is a novel and transformative project in the murky water slum of Mokoko. Before the commencement of the project, Makoko only had one English speaking primary school which was grossly inadequate and built on land that was reclaimed and susceptible to flooding.
The A-frame shaped building which is 10m high with a 10m by 10m base is able to float easily and withstand heavy winds due to its relatively low centre of gravity. The first level of the building serves as an open play area while the second level has 2 to 4 classrooms with enough space to accommodate between 60 and 100 pupils. The third level has a semi enclosed workshop space.
The low cost floating school which can serve upto 100 children shows the degree of transformation that Africa can have by thinking inwards and innovatively. Gladly, Lagos State Ministry of Tourism have also decided to partner with the originators of the project by funding the installation of solar power at the school. The solar cells will also be used to light up the Makoko water front. More urban renewal projects like this should be encouraged by various tiers of governments in the country. See pictures of the project below