Africa shines on Aga Khan list

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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 –

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