Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Scope: Coastal Residence
Stage: Submitted for planning
Lekki Beach House is a private residence located east of Lagos in Nigeria. The client set a very high sustainable agenda outlining the requirement for off grid utilities and sustainable construction using local materials and sustainable building techniques such as earth walls.
Aiming for a zero-carbon dwelling in the African climate was a key objective for this project. The Studio investigated the use of sea water for cooling, as well as harnessing solar and wind technologies to provide self-sustaining power to the house.
The building rests on a raised platform which offers a new ground plain, elevating you above the green landscape and offering longer views of the sea. From the platform, stairs that provide access to the house during the daytime can be lifted at night like a drawbridges, for security. The house sits on a cloud of green. In plan, the building’s curved form responds to the natural habitat, echoing the swaying palms, wild vegetation and ocean waves.
Transparent volumes further facilitate the feeling of living in nature and are punctuated by floor-to-ceiling louvres that provide additional privacy and shading.
Rammed-earth structures are thought to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly using locally available materials, they have low embodied energy and generate very little waste contributing to the overall energy-efficiency of buildings.
The roof design plays an integral part: arched like a bow, a 65 x 30 metre floating roof composed of timber lamellas provides shading to the house and terrace while allowing visibility of the sky. Cables and timber trusses have been attached to the lamellas to support the structure, achieving a column-free area below.
Architect: Studio Seilern Architects
Structural Engineer: Eckersley O'Callaghan
M+E Engineer: Atelier Ten
CULTURAL / EDUCATIONAL