MFS IIR – Water Cities Rotterdam (Waterstad Rotterdam) is an installation of floating pavilions in the ponds of the Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands – based on NLÉ / Water Cities floating building system called MFS.
Makoko Floating System (MFS™) is a simple way to build on water by hand. It is a prefabricated, timber framed structure for providing improved housing and development solutions for inhabitants of water based communities to live safely and harmoniously with the natural environment. Built in 6 countries across 3 continents, MFS has been deployed and innovated for regional adaptation potential of a specific building system particularly in the face of climate change. MFS IIR at the Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam is the 6th prototype of the Makoko Floating System, constructed from the reused and recycled components of MFS II, which won the Silver Lion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2016.
MFS II was designed as a modular system from sustainably sourced wood, and is capable of being assembled and disassembled by hand. In similar time, MFS IIR has been recycled and reconstructed to become MFSIIR, situated in the ponds of the Het Nieuwe Instituut, a cultural center and museum in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.