NIGERIA - Floating School
When the going gets tough, the tough get floating -- as it so appears in this resourceful new school in the former fishing village of Makoko, Nigeria that floats to deal with the region's frequent floods. Designed by NLÉ, a firm founded by Nigerian-born architect Kunlé Adeyemi, the Makoko Floating School is a prototype that could be applied to other areas in Africa that face infrastructural and social challenges due to climate change.
[Makoko Floating School] is a movable 'building' or 'watercraft' currently located in the aquatic community of Makoko in the lagoon heart of Africa's second most populous city - Lagos, Nigeria. It is a floating structure that adapts to the tidal changes and varying water levels, making it invulnerable to flooding and storm surges. It is designed to use renewable energy, to recycle organic waste and to harvest rainwater.
Built with sixteen recycled empty plastic barrels and locally-grown bamboo with the help of local builders, the 2,368-square-foot floating school can now accommodate primary school students, who were often denied access to daily education, due to the fact that the area's local English-speaking primary school was often flooded. This new flood-resistant school can hold anywhere from 60 to 100 students, or 100 adults.