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​The Makoko Floating School is half-building and half-boat that provides teaching facilities for the district of Makoko, a former fishing village in Lagos. ​The Makoko Floating School is half-building and half-boat that provides teaching facilities for the district of Makoko, a former fishing village in Lagos. (Photo: NLE)

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A floating school in Nigeria

Makoko Floating School is a half-building and half-boat prototype for African regions that have little or no permanent infrastructure, thanks to unpredictable water levels that cause regular flooding. The structure provides teaching facilities for the district of Makoko, a fishing village in Lago where more than 100,000 people live in houses on stilts.

NLE, the architecture studio founded by Nigerian-born architect Kunle Adeyemi, developed the floating school to accommodate up to 100 people, even in bad weather conditions. Makoko is primarily used as a school, but can also function as an event space, a clinic or a market, depending on the needs of the community.

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