Designed for the Venice Architecture Biennale, 2016, the Makoko Floating School II is an improved, prefabricated, and industrialised iteration of a predecessor structure built in Lagos (Nigeria). A steeply angled three-storey structure, the floating frame has a total floor area of 220m² distributed over 3 levels which decrease in plan towards the building’s apex.
The architect contacted Ergodomus six weeks before the Biennale opening day: just six weeks to make static calculations, design and engineer the structure and find suppliers and constructors. With no time to prepare assembly drawings, the Ergodomus office moved temporarily to Venice to manage the on-site logistics process.
The project was built on the mainland before being lifted by crane and taken by boat to “La Biennale” exhibition in the Arsenale. Two barges were used: one for the crane, the other for the structure, on its pontoon of 256 plastic barrels.
Designed to demonstrate how to build in areas susceptible to tidal shifts and flooding, the project won its Nigerian architect, Kunè Adeyemi, the Biennale’s Silver Lion as the ‘Promising Young Participant’.