AISL Staff Housing in Lagos by MOE+AA Celebrates Locality and Community

The scheme is formed around 4 blocks of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments linked through a series of internal streets, walkways and roof terraces.

Project Name
Staff Housing: American International School Lagos (AISL)
Gross Built Area
Project Location
Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
MOE+ Art Architecture
Design Team
Papa Omotayo, Quadri Ademakinwa, Nnamdi Akubuiro, Oluwadamilola Akinniyi, Folakemi Oyewusi, Eve Nnaji
American International School Lagos
Completion Year
Main Contractor
Telisol Limited
Structural Engineering
Project Plus Potentials
MEP Consultants
Landscape Design
Arabella Landscape, BDW Nigeria, Jirad Landscaping
Project Managers
CMS Global Ltd
Planning Consultant
Kunle Osude

In 2016, MOE+ was invited to a competition to design the new staff housing for the American International School Lagos on an acquired site, approx. 4750 sq m. (site) adjacent to the school sports ground and within walking radius of the main school buildings.

The brief requested for a proposal for staff residential accommodation that celebrated locality and community and one that felt a part of the context. A scheme that would create a caring environment and one that reflected the diversity of the school’s local and international student body.

Project Description

Due to the site constraints and the lack of public leisure outdoor facilities close by, available to the residents to use, it was important that the environment embraced a relationship between interior and exterior activities.Lagos is a city where people are constantly vying for space, and the decision for AISL to keep their staff housing within proximity of the main school, and the requirement that the design encourage an integrated sense of breathable internal and external spaces, made the design configurations a challenge. The school relocated to the current location adjacent to the site in 1981 and has had a strong presence in the area. It was important to the board that local references and heritage were reflected in some capacity.

The scheme is formed around 4 blocks, between 6 to 9 storeys high, linked through a series of internal streets, walkways and roof terraces. Each block housing a mix of 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments each with their own personal outdoor private terrace. A central street, runs north-south, connecting the 3 main blocks, linking them visually back to the school and the sports playing fields, whilst the two interlinked blocks at the back are connected by the pool, gym, café and other social areas.

Form, materiality and the limitations of the local context and planning guidelines were central in developing the distributed massing study. The relationship between private and public space, the ‘in and out’, drove the overall intent of the design and became it’s central core. The scheme aimed to create an environment that would make residents fell connected, visually, emotionally and actively. A series of buildings that had tangible narrative form and texture, with a visible pulsating indigo heart. One that felt rooted, yet a little at odds with the wider cityscape (Victoria Island was historically a well-established residential area that has been reclaimed by corporate high risers over the last 10-20 years)

Two central elements in the façade aimed to reflect this ‘ this at odds’; a series of multifunctional motif screens, which were inspired by traditional adire motifs (a form of inscription of fabric used in an ancient indigo dyeing technique) and the use of a vertical planting green wall system, as though the tallest tree had erupted in the middle of this commercial cityscape.

MOE+ Art Architecture is an office of urbanists, architects, artists, interiors + product designers based in Lagos. The office work is programmed along creative thinking, urban engagement, civic interventions, sustainability, exploration, collaboration and locally implemented solutions. We are driven by the collaboration between Art and Design. Follow MOE+Art Architecture on instagram via @moeaa.feed or get in touch with them on

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