Africa shines on Aga Khan list
It was announced on Monday that Nigeria’s Makoko Floating School in Lagos has been short-listed for the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture out of 348 projects from 69 countries. The incredible structure, designed by Kunlé Adeyemi of NLÉ Architects, will compete with 18 other finalists for the $1 million (R15 million) prize.
The triangular A-frame or pyramid (10m high with a 10m x 10m base) was built using locally sourced wood and bamboo, and is buoyed by recycled plastic barrels. The structure has three levels: an open play area and community space; an enclosed space for two classrooms for 60 pupils connected by stairs to the play area; and a workshop space on the third level.
Also nominated from Africa is Senegal’s Artist Residency and Cultural Centre in Sinthian, which was designed by Japanese firm Toshiko Mori Architects.
The nine judges will begin the process of deciding who the winner of the most prestigious prize in architecture will be. Garreth van Niekerk –