Makoko Floating School


Makoko Floating School

Designer/artist: NLE/Kunlé Adeyemi

Year: 2014

Description: Makoko Floating School is a prototype floating structure, built for the historic water community of Makoko, located on the lagoon heart of Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos. As a pilot project, it has taken an innovative approach to address the community’s social and physical needs in view of the impact of climate change and a rapidly urbanizing African context. Its main aim is to generate a sustainable, ecological, alternative building system and urban water culture for the teeming population of Africa’s coastal regions.

About the designer: Kunlé Adeyemi is an architect, urbanist and researcher; founder of NLE,an architecture, design and urbanism practice in Lagos, Nigeria and Amsterdam, Netherlands. Adeyemi is interested in elements that make up a city and focuses especially on the rapidly growing cities in developing countries. Most recently his design for the Makoko floating school comprises alternative sustainable buildings and structures designed to adapt to the resident communities' aquatic lifestyle in Makoko Lagos.

Image credit: Makoko Floating School, as seen at