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Photos from the Collapsed Makoko Floating School in Yaba, Lagos



The Makoko Floating School in the Yaba area of Lagos State,  collapsed following a heavy rainstorm, PUNCH reports.

The three-storey building which was designed by Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi, in collaboration with the Makoko Waterfront Community and completed in March 2013, had received global recognition, including the Design Museum’s Design of the Year Award.

A statement from NLÉ, Adeyemi’s architecture, design, and urban practice firm read:

After 3 years of intensive use, and exceptional service to the community, the first prototype structure Makoko Floating School has come down on June 7th, 2016. Following its decommission since March, the structure has been out of use in anticipation of reconstruction. We confirm that there were no casualties and the students had been relocated to the main school building since its decommission and pending reconstruction.

NLÉ, Makoko waterfront community and potential stakeholders were already considering the upgrading of the structure with a copy of MFS II – a new, improved iteration, which was recently launched at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. The project was awarded the Silver Lion prize for “a powerful demonstration, be it in Lagos or in Venice, that architecture, at once iconic and pragmatic, can amplify the importance of education.”

NLÉ principal Kunlé Adeyemi said: “NLÉ and Makoko community greatly appreciate the concern and support received from so many people following the news alarm about Makoko Floating School. We are glad there were no casualties in what seemed like an abrupt collapse. The prototype had served its purpose in time and we look forward to the reconstruction of the improved version amongst other greater developments of the community.

See photos below:

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The school before the collapse:

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Photo Credit: PUNCH


  1. Bcga

    June 8, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    It’s such a shame, I love this architectural design so much I had to make the artwork and hang it my living room.

    Hopefully, the LASG will assist in the reconstruction project.

  2. Tunmi

    June 8, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    I’m glad it’s being reconstructed

  3. Arc. Lola OYENEKAN

    June 10, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Oh. What a shocking news. This is absolutely a great design and engineering feat of our time. This had only thought us what more to do.
    Arc. Adeyemi ,please carry on the great work. You are just a few step to the finishing line. This is simply a GREAT MIND CONCEPT. I trust the coming back is going to be FANTASTICALLY GREATER.

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