Barely a week after receiving yet another international award, (the Silver Lion at the 2016 Venice Biennale) the much celebrated Makoko Floating School structure collapsed yesterday, June 7, 2016 to the embarrassment of the celebrated designers.
The floating school, which accommodates 100 pupils and their teachers as designed by Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi of NLÉ, collapsed after heavy rain battered the city yesterday with no casualty recorded.
Prior to the commencement of the project, the children of Makoko only had access to one primary school which was inadequate, built on reclaimed land and was frequently threatened by recurrent flooding.
In 2013, Kunlé proposed to transform the water slum status of the Makoko waterfront community to a floating island by creating a functional building prototype. He collaborated with Non-Governmental Organisations including Heinrich Böll Foundation, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Federal Ministry of Environment Africa Adaptation Programme, Yaba Local Council Development Area (LCDA) and Makoko waterfront community to execute the project.
The collapse of the celebrated building is bad news for NLÉ and Kunle who are considering to use the building prototype to provide additional infrastructure for the community including an entertainment center, a community hub and health clinics.
The floating school design won the 2013 AR+D award for emerging architecture and was shortlisted for the London Design Museum’s 2014 Design of the Year award. It also received a nomination for the 2015 International Award for Public Art.
– Daniel Fayemi for encomium.ng