“Instead of fighting water, we want to learn to live with it,” says Kunlé Adeyemi, a Nigerian architect behind Makoko Floating System (MFS).
The “innovative and resourceful living” in Makoko inspired Architect Adeyemi’s Makoko Floating System (MFS).
“It is a prefabricated, modular, floating A-frame, sustainable timber structure that can be locally produced, assembled and disassembled, quickly and manually for developments on water, in advanced or developing regions around the world.”
It was a floating school built to withstand storms and floods and educate children from the slum.
Sadly, it collapsed seven months after its official opening. According to Reuters, the wooden school was brought down by heavy rains.
However, Architect Adeyemi, the founder of NLÉ, explained that the building collapsed “due to deterioration resulting from a lack of proper maintenance”.
MFS II was designed to suit local conditions and a wider waterfront population. It was assembled in 10 days by 4 builders and was exhibited as WATERFRONT Atlas at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.
It is mobile, deployable, and prepared to be reassembled at the next Waterfront.
The MFS III was designed as a fully prefabricated, modular, flat-pack, floating building system. It has a 25-year design life, based on Euro codes for wider regional use.
It is located in Bruges in Belgium.
This is an exciting project that has been listed by CNN as one of Africa’s most anticipated architecture projects in 2020.
In its 2016 report about the collapse of the Makoko floating school, Reuters stated that Architect Adeyemi said the Makoko community was considering upgrading the structure and rebuilding an improved version of the school.
With the success of the various iterations of the MFS across the world, the time is ripe to not only rebuild Makoko floating school but also expand the initiative in Lagos and possibly other parts of Nigeria.