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Lagos Floating School project nominated for award

A prototype floating school in Lagos has been nominated for the Designs of the Year prize 2014.

Floating School

Floating School

The Floating School in Makoko, a poverty-stricken coastal community in Lagos, Nigeria, is the pilot project
in a planned water-top development that could transform the deprived area.

Completed in about five months, the solar-powered building has three storeys – a recreation area, an enclosed classroom and a top-floor open-air classroom – and can hold about 100 students.

Made from locally reclaimed wood, it is supported by 256 re-used empty plastic drums that allow it to withstand storms and adapt to rising sea levels. Designed by NLÉ architects, a young Nigerian/Dutch practice founded by Kunlé Adeyemi (who previously worked at OMA) and sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and think tank the Heinrich Böll Foundation, a floating community of housing and civic buildings is due to complete by the end of this year.

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The 76 nominated projects for the 2014 Designs of the Year will be exhibited at The Design Museum from 26 March – 25 August.

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