The Shed – May 2018


As part of a collaboration between the Centre Pompidou and the Mao Jihong Arts Foundation, the Cosmopolis #1.5: ‘Enlarged Intelligence’ exhibition features the developments of NLÉ Architects’ Makoko Floating School. The Minjiang Floating System (MFS IIIx3), the fourth prototype and the third iteration of the prefabricated self-built system for water, investigates methods to counter the… Continue reading ARCHDAILY – NOVEMBER 2018


NLÉ — the architecture, design, and urbanism practice led by kunlé adeyemi — has revealed its fourth prototype and third iteration of the makoko floating school. first presented in 2013, and relaunched for the 2016 venice biennale, the project is a prefabricated self-built system for water that explores the challenges and opportunities of urbanization and… Continue reading DESIGNBOOM – NOVEMBER 2018


The Amsterdam-and-Nigeria-based architecture office NLÉ Works designed a temporary pavilion in close collaboration with artist Tino Seghal. The building anticipates The Shed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group, opening in spring 2019 and inspired by Cedric Price unbuilt project for the Fun Palace. The Shed is a cultural and artistic centre… Continue reading DOMUS – JULY 2018


“Centre Pompidou in Chengdu?” I wondered as I boarded my third flight, bleary eyed and bloated after travelling from Berlin through Frankfurt and Beijing to reach the Sichuan Province’s capital city, and eating too much aeroplane rice en route. Having launched a platform in 2016 devoted to research-based practices across Asia, Africa, South America and… Continue reading ELEPHANT – NOVEMBER 2018

E-FLUX Cosmopolis #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence – NOVEMBER 2018

Cosmopolis #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence opens today in Chengdu, China, presenting artworks and programs by almost 60 artists and groups envisioning how we may draw on intelligent technologies, as well as on ecological intelligence, to advance social values, rather than leaving capital to largely define the uses of these techniques and knowledge systems. The project is… Continue reading E-FLUX Cosmopolis #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence – NOVEMBER 2018


Set Alongside a Lush Crater, Kunlé Adeyemi’s New School Plants Deep Roots in Tanzania. Adeyemi and his team from NLÉ draw from the verdant local landscape and age-old building traditions for the design of the Black Rhino Academy.

‘Cosmopolis #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence’


NLÉ designs brick classrooms and dormitories for a boarding school in Tanzania

NLÉ’s masterplan sees the school program divided into three clusters: the ‘live island’, where comfortable dormitories with common lounge areas are oriented to face the rising sun; the ‘learn island’, which comprises classroom blocks and a school hall situated in a grid on the sloping landscape; and the ‘play island’, which will include a sports field located on the only flat part of the site. the clusters are interconnected by a pathway, which establishes a safe yet open environment protected from and yet within the wildlife.

Art in America – May 2018

Flex and Flexibility: A Prelude to the Shed

Nieuwsblad BE – July 2018

Al 70.000 bezoekers voor drijvende school.

Architectural Digest – July 2018

The medieval city of Bruges is known for its canals, but now the Belgian city’s connection to water is being explored in a whole new way.


Meet the Nigerian Architect Who Built a Transformative Arts Center in the Middle of NYC.

The New Yorker – May 2018

The city is a year away from the opening of the Shed, a multipurpose arts-and-entertainment space currently under construction where the High Line and Hudson Yards meet.

Modern Architecture Journal – May 2018

The Shed, DS+R and the Rockwell Group’s slick ETFE-padded arts building in Hudson Yards is a solid year away from hosting performances. In the meantime, The Shed’s curators are teasing the public with Prelude to The Shed—Prelude, for short—a temporary pavilion for dance, theater, and art right across the street from its still-under-construction sibling. Today… Continue reading Modern Architecture Journal – May 2018


Seven of the best pavilions to see at the Bruges architecture triennale

Wallpaper – May 2018

Bruges Triennial 2018: floating pavilions and a concrete gateway to the afterlife


We gaan samen met fotograaf Iwan Baan naar de Floating School in Brugge, een onderdeel van de Triënnale dit jaar. De fotograaf kent de architect van het kunstwerk en vertelt ons meer over het concept.


MFS III – Minne Floating School is de derde versie van de drijvende school. Ze dient als prototype van een constructie die voldoet aan onze fysieke en sociale behoeften in het licht van de almaar groeiende uitdagingen waarvoor de klimaatverandering ons stelt.


New York Times – May 2018

The Shed, the new cross-disciplinary arts center planned for the Far West Side of Manhattan, is still a hard-hat construction site, with an opening date of next spring. But starting on Tuesday, its creators will serve up two free weeks of arts events as an amuse-bouche, hoping to entice New Yorkers with an early look… Continue reading New York Times – May 2018

The Art Newspaper – May 2018

Prelude to the Shed’s free art fortnight is a utopian breath of fresh air.

Financial Times – May 2018

The artists enlisted for A Prelude to The Shed do not need to share the stage with anyone. The impressive roster of this free two-week teaser for the behemoth cultural centre to open next spring includes avant-garde ballet choreographer William Forsythe, R&B headliner Abra, social-interaction orchestrator Tino Sehgal, the Dream Ring of flex dancers, and… Continue reading Financial Times – May 2018

urbanNext – May 2016

Interview by Ibai Rigby for urbanNext, at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, after receiving the Silver Lion Award, May 2016

Architect Magazine – February 2018

The Shed Hosts Pre-Opening Event at an Off-Site Location in Manhattan The 12-day event opens May 1 at 10th Avenue and West 30th St., one block from where the Shed will stand.

Blueprint Magazine – August 2016

In choosing this year’s theme, Alejandro Aravena shone a spotlight on unsung heroes, peripheral communities and no-frills architecture, showing a widening gap between big-name starchitects and emerging, socially-minded practices.


Before it officially opens in spring 2019, The Shed, a new multi-disciplinary cultural centre under construction on the far west side of Manhattan, will host a 12-day arts festival this May.

BILLBOARD – February 2018

One year before opening, NYC’s new multi-medium arts and concerts venue The Shed will present a free, 12-day multi-discipline event on an undeveloped lot at Tenth Avenue and 30th Street in Manhattan, one block away from its permanent home on the West Side. Dubbed Prelude, the temporary event space is set to preview the venue… Continue reading BILLBOARD – February 2018

NLÉ wins Grand Prix de l’initiative Smart City Afrique – November 2017