Days after the collapsed of Makoko Floating School, which many believed succumbed to boisterous wind and eventually collapsed, A Nigerian architect, who designed the award-winning project has given reasons for the failure of the design that has brought him much fame.
According to Kunle Adeyemi, of NLE studio, “Makoko Floating School comes down for upgrade”, which claimed the prototype school “had been out of use in anticipation of reconstruction.”
Adeyemi added: “After three years of intensive use and exceptional service to the community, the first prototype structure Makoko Floating School has come down on June 7, 2016,” it said, adding that it was working on a new version.
The statement, issued in response to reports that a storm had destroyed the structure, confirmed that the school had suffered an “abrupt collapse.”
Construction began in September 2012 with floatation mock-ups and testing. Recycled empty plastic barrels found abundantly in Lagos were used for the building’s buoyancy system, which consists of 16 wooden modules, each containing 16 barrels.
The modules were assembled on the water, creating the platform that provides buoyancy for the building and its users. Once this was assembled, construction of the A-frame followed and was completed by March 2013.
Originally published in The Guardian