One lesson to learn that they don’t preach enough in our education system is to think outside the box! The floating school of MAkoko, Nigeria is a perfect example of making the most of what you’ve got and having the innovation to overcome your situation.
The mobile school is the brainchild of architect Kunye Adeyemi, who built the floating pyramid structure to help the water community of MAkoko, Lagos. The community live in stilt homes on the waterfront, making it difficult to get access to a proper education.
“Its main aim is to generate a sustainable, ecological, alternative building system and urban water culture for the teeming population of Africa’s coastal regions.”
Combating plastic pollution and promoting zero waste design, the structure’s base is made from 256 recycled plastic bottles and is designed to promote solar energy in homes. The school is also built with three stories of flooring, and enough room to fit up to 100 students. There’s even space for a small playground!
The prototype was designed in 2013, and is now complete, having entered its first students. For the region known as the Venice of Lagos, it’s certainly transformed the lives of the entire community, showing them that they too can achieve great things.