Makoko Floating System – MFS™

Makoko Floating System – MFS™ – is a simple way to build on water by hand. It is a prefabricated, modular, floating A-frame, sustainable timber structure that can be locally produced, assembled and disassembled, quickly and manually for developments on water, in advanced or developing regions around the world. Since 2011 NLÉ has been researching… Continue reading Makoko Floating System – MFS™

Cosmopolis #1.5

Cosmopolis #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence, opening November 2 in Chengdu, Sichuan Province in south-west China, presents artworks and programs by almost 60 artists and groups, exploring ecology, technology and the commons, and envisioning how we today may draw on intelligent technologies, as well as on ecological intelligence, to advance social values—rather than leaving capital to largely define the… Continue reading Cosmopolis #1.5

MFS IIIx3 – Minjiang Floating System

MFS IIIx3 is the fourth prototype and third iteration of the Makoko Floating School — a prefabricated self-build system for water to address the challenges and opportunities of urbanisation and climate change. MFS IIIx3 is part of Cosmopolis #1.5: ‘Enlarged Intelligence’ exhibition in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou and Mao Jihong Arts Foundation running from November 3,… Continue reading MFS IIIx3 – Minjiang Floating System

Waterfront Atlas Exhibition

WATERFRONT Atlas is a collaborative knowledge platform that brings the local intelligence of aquatic communities like Makoko, Lagos to the world at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia curated by Alejandro Aravena. It aims to identify, gather and cultivate the intelligence of communities and cities by water with a motivation to… Continue reading Waterfront Atlas Exhibition

MFS II

MFS II is an improved iteration of the Makoko Floating School structure, adapted for easy prefabrication, rapid assembly and a wide range of uses. Just as the first prototype sourced local intelligence from the Makoko waterfront community, MFS II has been designed to suit local conditions and a wider waterfront population. MFS II was assembled… Continue reading MFS II

Chicoco Radio

Chicoco Radio is a floating media platform being built with and for the residents of Port Harcourt’s waterfront community in Nigeria. 480,000 people live in waterfront settlements along the creeks that fringe the city. The state government plans to demolish the settlements. Chicoco Radio is the community’s voice and platform. The structure is conceived as… Continue reading Chicoco Radio

PRADA TRANSFORMER

Prada Transformer is a pioneering temporary structure picked up by cranes and rotated to accommodate a variety of cultural events. The 20-metre high Prada Transformer is located adjacent to the 16th Century Gyeonghui Palace in the centre of Seoul. The pavilion consists of four basic geometric shapes – a circle, a cross, a hexagon, a… Continue reading PRADA TRANSFORMER

SHENZHEN STOCK EXCHANGE HEADQUARTERS

For millennia, the solid building stands on a solid base; it is an image that has survived modernity. Typically, the base anchors a structure and connects it emphatically to the ground. The essence of the stock market is speculation: it is based on capital, not gravity. In the case of Shenzhen’s almost virtual stock market,… Continue reading SHENZHEN STOCK EXCHANGE HEADQUARTERS

SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY MUSEUM

The Seoul National University Museum is defined by its siting on the side of a small hill, close to the entrance of the university. The building’s form was conceived as a basic rectangular box, sliced diagonally by the incline of the hill. This form is then raised up on a small central core – the… Continue reading SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY MUSEUM

LEEUM SAMSUNG MUSEUM OF ART

The Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art project is a 27,000m2 masterplan designed by OMA in 1997. Located in Hannam-Dong – a residential district near the city centre, the complex comprises three buildings by OMA, Mario Botta and Jean Nouvel.

CHANDIGARH URBAN LAB, INDIA 2011 & 2012

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Prada Transformer

Prada Transformer is a pioneering temporary structure picked up by cranes and rotated to accommodate a variety of cultural events. The 20-metre high Prada Transformer is located adjacent to the 16th Century Gyeonghui Palace in the centre of Seoul. The pavilion consists of four basic geometric shapes – a circle, a cross, a hexagon, a… Continue reading Prada Transformer

Photo © Iwan Baan

Shenzhen Stock Exchange Headquarters

For millennia, the solid building stands on a solid base; it is an image that has survived modernity. Typically, the base anchors a structure and connects it emphatically to the ground. The essence of the stock market is speculation: it is based on capital, not gravity. In the case of Shenzhen’s almost virtual stock market,… Continue reading Shenzhen Stock Exchange Headquarters