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Makoko Floating School by NLÉ

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Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Floating School - by NLÉ

What a refreshing idea!! Now this is the kind of architecture that excites me, it may not be a huge 25 floor hotel complex, or a luxury mansion or shopping centre, but it responds to the majority. The very same people who are neglected in Nigeria, by the politicians, the economy and the built environment. The people of Makoko are street-smart, which is ironic since a vast majority of them live on water, however they are very ingenious in the ways that they are able to maintain their livelihoods in Makoko, therefore it only makes sense that in respone to their culture, that the architecture is not only unique but reflects the Makoko way of life.

A floating school designed and built by NLÉ, a practice founded by Kunlé Adeyemi who is Nigerian born and raised is pictured above, composed mainly of timber and protected in a corrugated roof. More info on Adeyemi:

"Adeyemi studied architecture at the University of Lagos where he began his early practice, before joining the world renowned Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in 2002. At OMA, working closely with founder Rem Koolhaas for nearly a decade, he led the design, development and execution of numerous projects in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Among these projects were the award winning Samsung Museum of Art, the Seoul National University Museum, NM Rothschild Bank in London, Shenzhen Stock Exchange tower in China, Prada Transformer in South Korea, Qatar National Library, Qatar Foundation Headquarters and the 4th Mainland Bridge and master plan in Lagos. Adeyemi was responsible for critical stages in design and realization of these projects. This involved leading OMA’s design team, coordinating a diverse global network of stakeholders and experts collaborators, including Arup for Engineering and Davis Langdon (AECOM) on cost matters."

"Nearing the completion of Makoko Floating School, NLÉ and Makoko community marked this moment with a public preview and cultural celebration on March 2, 2013. The event was attended by Mrs. Ade Mamonyane Lekoetje, the Country Director of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), as well as representatives of Lagos State Government, UNHabitat, SCCU, LMDGP, the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Makoko community, leaders, press, friends, NLÉ staff, international collaborators and a wide range of supporters from Nigeria and beyond. With over 200 people on board the Floating School, the 'boat' remained steady while the event rocked - keynote speeches, drinks, food, music, dancing and exciting cultural performances marked this memorable day!"

More details about this project:
"PROGRAM: School, Community Building
AREA: 220 m2
STATUS: Under Construction
SUPPORT: United Nations Development Programme/Federal Ministry of Environment (AAP) & Heinrich Böll Foundation
TEAM: Kunlé Adeyemi, Lisa Anderson, Thijs Bouman, Leslie Ebony, Marije Nederveen, Segun Omodele, Adekunle Olusola, Chryso Onisiforou, Martin Oreoluwa, Berend Strijland & Monica Velasco
Makoko Waterfront Community: The Baales of Makoko/Iwaya Waterfront Community, with special mention of Baale Emmanuel Shemede, Noah Jesutin Shemede, Jeunbete Shemede, Makoko Community Development Association & Youth Leaders and Makoko Floating School building team.
COLLABORATORS: Blok Kats van Veen Architects, Dykstra – Naval Architects, Thieu Besselink, Roel Bosch, Urhahn + Borra, Pieters Bouwtechniek, Ikeyi & Arifayan, Solarmate Engineering Ltd., Renderings Tim van Bentum

Source: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.495283117198379.1073741826.153947934665234&type=1

Monday, 5 August 2013

Work begins on the controversial 4th Mainland Bridge (Lagos)

I am amused at the rendered skyline of lagos.
Though I hate to be a pessimist, I simply do not understand the concept of placing attractions underneath a bridge. Lagos like many cities is not particularly safe at night, and so what does this make of the under-road bridge space? Normally, these spaces are ideal for homeless people and will become incredibly unfriendly for a single pedestrian making their way through the city. If adequate lighting is provided and 24hr activity, such as some sort of restaurant or nightlife activity occurs during the nighttime then perhaps the space can be a truly fun and welcoming space, alternatively, the public space below should be barred off from the public during nighttime hours.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Ikeja City Mall Pictures

Another place for the rich and luxurious.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Ado Bayero Mall - Kano

Just when you're hoping they're finally fixing the roads or improving transport networks, they go and plan yet another shopping mall.

However, contrary to what you might interpret as being a complaint from me, is in fact just me marvelling at the fact that at least they are constructing and investing in architecture, be it for economical purposes (what other reasons would they invest).

Kano state has been building a mall called Ado Bayero Mall, and here are some pictures, its design is actually quite attractive (in my opinion).

Construction began in 2011.

Progress pics:
Lots of hydrated officials.
 Early 2012
Late 2012

Early 2013

I think this picture below is where the mall name will go according to the proposed visuals.
Lastly, here are some interesting questions that were asked concerning Ade Bayero Mall..

"1.When did construction start?
Construction commenced in June 2011.

2. When will the mall be open to the public?
Ado Bayero Mall will be officially commissioned in the 2nd quarter of 2013.

3. What category of merchants does the mall hope to accommodate?
The Mall aims to attract both local and international merchants across various retail categories. Key categories will include but not be limited to Fashion & accessories, Home & interiors, Furniture, Electronics, Health & Cosmetics, Food & Beverages, Restaurants & Cafes, Men’s grooming & Women’s beauty services, Banking, Telecoms and Dry Cleaning Services. The aim is to have a retail mix that will appeal to the broadest range of shoppers.

4. How would you describe the surrounding location?
Located in the heart of Kano, the mall is surrounded by a vast array of commercial and residential neighbourhoods. It is located on your way to Zaria-Maiduguri highway, the famous Kano Zoo, and adjacent to the Trade Fair complex.

5. What arrangements are in place for the electricity?
The facility will be served round the clock by a bank of generating plants capable of providing 5000KVA of power.

6. What amenities / support services will management put in place for both tenants and shoppers?
The Mall has generous parking provisions for 1000 automobiles; it also has a food court, ATM Gallery, play area for children, changing stations for babies, rest rooms and prayer areas. The mall also provides state of the art security, surveillance infrastructure and will be fully air-conditioned to ensure the safety and comfort of both tenants and shoppers.

7. How would you describe the final look and feel of the space?
The final look and feel of the space will project a beautiful and modern environment with a distinct Nigerian flavour.We intend to create an atmosphere comparable to any world class mall in Dubai, London or New York.

8 What are the sizes of the shop spaces available?
Shop sizes vary from 40m² -1000m² Please contact us for additional information.

9. What type of customers can I expect to visit the mall?
Ado Bayero Mall is positioned for the general public at large. As the mall is located close to both businesses and private residences and as such will attract a mix of working professionals, families and students.

10. What security arrangements will be made to safe guard tenants investments?
Given the prevailing security climate in the country, the developers have taken steps to incorporate very elaborate and robust modern security features in the design and development of the mall.

11. Are there any banks near by?
There would also be banks and insurance companies located within the mall. 

12. What will be the malls operating hours?
The mall will be open to tenants and shoppers:
Mondays – Saturdays: 9h00 – 20h00
Sundays: 12h00 – 20h00
Public Holidays: 12h00 – 20h00

13. What kind of tenancy duration would we be looking at and how much will shop space cost?
Tenancy agreements are based on specific requirements. Please contact Broll Property Services Ltd for more information.

14. Why am I being asked to address all enquiries to Broll Nigeria Ltd?
Broll Property Services Ltd is the sole letting agent for Ado Bayero Mall. For more information please visit www.broll.com.ng

15. Why shoud I consider taking up shop space in Ado Bayero Mall?
Merchants seeking secure, high foot traffic, modern space and access to Northern Nigeria’s vast retail market will be delighted to note that Ado Bayero Mall will attract visitors not just from within Kano but also from surrounding cities such as Jigawa, Zaria, Katsina,Kaduna,Abuja, Bauchi, Jos, Maiduguri, Sokoto and from neigbouring countries such as Niger, Chad and Cameroun. Research indicates that people from these places travel far and wide to shop and entertain themselves and their families. Ado Bayero Mall aims to fulfill these desires by delivering world-class shopping and entertainment experience."

Source: http://www.adobayeromall.com/

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Lake Point Towers - Banana Island - Lagos

Designed by ECAD Architects Ltd, these twin towers are located on Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos. The design company describe the project as;

"Lake Point Towers comprises the development of two office towers on a 4,000 m2 property. The development concept for the towers is based on selected market segment being targeted. Lake Point Towers is set to provide a “Grade A”, “luxury” vertical office park to provide premium office spaces and support facilities to high profile companies in the Nigerian corporate market. The development is conceived as a commercial office space with some mixed use elements to enhance its functionality and positioning.

Lake Point Towers Design Concept and Description

Lake Point Towers is set to reflect an innovative, creative, original and cost economical speculative commercial development. The design objective for the towers is to create an uncompromising modern office complex that is ageless, exploring the expressive potential of materials to the limit of their colors and texture, erupting into the urban space with spatial character. Due to its proximity to the water front, Lake Point Towers would soar up like a lighthouse visible from the Lagos third mainland bridge, creating a visible iconic development on the Banana Island.

The concept is definitive, transparent and unwavering, freeing the floor space to the maximum, giving the towers a luminous quality under the sky of Lagos by cladding with highly transparent but reflective curtain walls to maximize daylight within the offices, and with a sunshade crown that would become the identifying symbol of the towers.

An atrium begins at the 2nd floor (the lettable space level) and reaches to the top floor with skylight covering for illumination and openness, providing an interesting configuration for the interior of the towers; and the curves of the external walls form a relationship with the elemental forces of wind and water. The use of glass and aluminium fulfills the ideal of sophisticated, modern and technological buildings.




The project is already underway and is currently in the foundations/piling stage.

More details about these properties can be found here: http://lakepointlimited.com/lakepointprojects.asp?pid=2#

Monday, 29 July 2013

Construction Update on the "Blue Line" Lagos Light Rail project

I still have yet to figure out what these large suspended buildings are. Judging by this picture (below)
 perhaps the entire rail network is suspended and so these are the termini/terminuses.
Photo of the blue line network. Showing how the line services some very congested zones in Lagos.

Photos by Adeyinka James Shorungbe and others on 

Saturday, 27 July 2013

100th post!! New shopping Mall "Abia Mall" in Umuahia

Some visuals of what the proposed building will look like.

"THE Abia State government Thursday began the construction of the N3.7 billion digital Abia Shopping Mall, which has 13 months' delivery target.
Located at the former Cattle Market in Umuahiaand established under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP), the mall is owned by Abia Retail Company (85 per cent equity) and the state (15 per cent) equity, and will be operated by Shoprite.
When operational, it is estimated to employ 500 direct and 5,000 indirect personnel. Governor Theodore Orji, who laid the foundation, said the project was conceived to provide residents of Umuahia with "a one-stop shop."
While the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Dr. Sampson Orji, described the project as a cutting-edge concept in the supply of all human daily needs, the Managing Director of New Technics Construction Company, which is handling the project, Mr. Enyinnaya Emelogu, asked indigenes to expect the best shopping complex that will compare with what obtains in other states of the countryand beyond.
He indicated that it would be completed within 13 months if all stakeholders live up to the terms of the contract."

Source: http://odili.net/news/source/2013/apr/19/7.html

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