Floating structure created for a school is surely a first as we have seen initiatives made for floating hotels and restaurants. The floating school project has been undertaken by NLÉ which is an agency working for creating architectural alternatives for developing cities. Urbanization is a global phenomenon and creating infrastructure for the growing population poses many challenges. Apart from affordable housing, health care and education are two fields which are a priority of any government. Nigeria, despite its oil wealth has been slow in improving the standard of living of vast sections of its population. NLÉ is contributing to the process by taking up the ambitious project of the Makoko Floating School.
Floating Schools Can Accommodate 100 Students
The project is under construction in the water community of Makoko in Lagos, Nigeria. Under the ambitious project a series of floating buildings will be erected. These buildings are designed to serve as educational classrooms for neighborhood children. The main structure is three storey high and has been shaped like a triangular prism. The base of the structure has been made by putting together 256 plastic drums that help keep the entire structure afloat. The structure is large enough to accommodate 100 students. Locally sourced wood has been used to craft the superstructure and solar panels have been installed on its exterior to generate sufficient electricity to meet its power needs.
These Floating Structures Open a New Chapter in Architectural Design
These floating structures are being built as educational centers but its success is sure to trigger a new trend in creating similar structures for use in different fields. Communities like Makoko have to utilize their resources efficiently if they want to take care of the needs of their predominantly poor population. This initiative by NLÉ has surely opened a new chapter in architectural design and will go a long way in helping poor communities like Makoko to urbanize efficiently. These affordable and cost effective designs are sustainable with minimal impact on its surrounding environment. And since it is a floating structure it could be your insurance against the rising sea levels due to the global warming.