Africa: How building the Floating Makoko School inspired Nigerian Architect to do Floating Structures all over the World


Kunle Adeyemi, a Nigerian Architect globally known for building floating structures on water says he gets his inspiration by “looking at ordinary things “extraordinarily”.

The Development Strategist and Professor at the University of Lagos spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Praia, the Capital of Cape Verde.

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According to, NAN reports that Adeyemi recently designed, constructed and inaugurated a floating music hub in Mindello City in Sao Vicente, one of the Islands in Cape Verde.

“Most of the things I did, I have been able to capture them looking at things that people see as ordinary, differently, and making what is ordinary, extraordinary.

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“I was inspired by looking at Makoko Community people in Lagos who build their houses on water and I decided to develop a better and modern version that is more resilient to climate change.

“Makoko Floating School Located in the lagoon heart of Lagos, built in 2012, was the groundbreaking prototype and beginning of what has now been replicated in Asia, the middle East, Europe and America
“We have built it in Venice, Italy, Belgium, China, U.S. and we have perfected the system, developed it into series of three buildings that we built in Cape Verde,’’ he said.

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