In an effort to tackle climate change, a group of architect designed a school that can “float” in Nigeria.

NLE Architects, who was sponsored by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Heinrich Boell Foundation from Germany, responded to the challenges of climate change and designed the Makoko Floating School.

The school is currently at the first of a three phase development that will become a floating community, complete with its own floating shelter.

This process has already started last year in October 2012 and was completed in February 2013.

The Makoko Floating School takes advantage of local resources and materials to produce buildings that fit the needs of the community and that also reflects the local culture.

Wood is used as the main material used as the structure, support and finishing to build the school.

The school building is in a form of a triangle that has three floors; the ground floor, the second floor and the third floor that has the smallest space compared to the first two floors. The second floor will be used as the classroom while the ground floor will be used as a playground. All of these floors will be surrounded by green plants.

You might be wondering how the structure can float in the water? The bottom of this structure is actually a bed of plastic barrels. Though seemingly simple, the barrels are able to make the structure stay afloat and can also accommodate excess rain water from harvesting rain water from the roof.


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