Fowóralé House / cmDesign Atelier
Photographs: David Timibra
Manufacturers: Dura Composite, GQ Windows and Doors, Point 1920 Outdoor Furniture, Royal Tiles Nigeria, WNM Limited
Text description provided by the architects. cmDesign Atelier has completed a 3-bedroom beach house in Ilashe, Lagos Nigeria. Lagos is known as the most populous city in Africa with challenges particularly in traffic management. Lagos is less publicly known for its serene beach environment, which in the last twenty years has become prime location for private beach houses. With the only access to the region via water travel, the beaches along the western peninsular have remained exclusive with limited urban development ensuring it retains a natural setting.
Our intent in the design of this was to create horizontally and vertically framed views, showcasing the calm serene beach environment. The minimalist aesthetic draws your eye to surrounding with the casuarina trees planted in a colonial area that have blended beautifully with the indigenous palm trees. The bedrooms were oriented eastwards to ensure all occupants can experience a glorious African sunset and twinkling reflection of the water on the ceiling close to sunset. The steppingstones at the edge of the infinity pool add a playful nostalgic child-like twist of simpler times along a village stream.
We have created through our architecture a family home suitable for residing and entertaining in a multiplicity of spaces with the 21-meter swimming pool as the focal feature onlooking the Atlantic Ocean that reflecting beautifully the colour of the sky. The white walls and ceiling of the house contrast beautifully with the coffee colour composite deck panels and pebble stones used for the pool deck. The space between the two bedrooms lends itself as an opportunity for a feature art wall to showcase the diverse artistic creativity of the Lagos.
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