- The ambitious project is currently under construction in the water community of Makoko in Lagos, Nigeria
- Put together by NLÉ, a collaborative agency whose mission is to provide architectural change for developing cities
- Floating construct is built with locally sourced wood and electrically powered with solar panels
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 11:55 EST, 8 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:53 EST, 8 March 2013
With global sea levels rising and flooding becoming more common in many parts of the world, architects are now looking at new ways to construct buildings, such as the Makoko Floating School.
The ambitious project is currently under construction in the water community of Makoko in Nigeria.
The floating school will not be a totally alien sight to residents – people living in the fishing community of Lagos have built their homes on the water and have traded on it for years.
But the area has only one primary school so the new floating construction is a welcome addition for locals.
The three-story architectural structure, built as a triangular prism, is intended to float on water with a base made of 256 plastic drums.
Empowering: Architect Kunlé Adeyemi of NLÉ said that using floating devices meant they were not relying on the total strength of the soil which is normally an issue for builders in the local area
The triangular building is being put together by NLÉ, a collaborative agency whose mission is to provide architectural change for developing cities
He spoke of the adaptability of the design, as the water level changes frequently in the area so they ‘wanted a design that would adapt to the changing conditions.’
Mr Adeyemi hopes his design will pioneer sustainable development in coastal African cities and his floating town design will eventually replace the entire Makoko shanties.
According to the progress report issued by the architects, the school will be completed by the end of the month, with the floating houses being finished in September of this year and the Lagos Water Community project by the end of 2014.
Ambitious: The pilot project will generate a viable, ecological and alternative building system and urban culture for the teeming population of Africa’s costal regions
Ambitons: Mr Adeyemi hopes his design will pioneer sustainable development in coastal African cities
Versatile: Mr Adeyemi spoke of the adaptability of the design, as the water level changes frequently in the area so they ‘wanted a design that would adapt to the changing conditions’
Playtime: Children dance on on a floating platform in the middle of their neighbourhood