Our experience at Open House Lagos 2018 weekend tours

Open House Lagos 2018, the 3rd in the series of the annual architectural event came to a close last month. This year’s edition took a slightly different approach from last year’s event by spreading out the tours over a 6 month period, prior to the main weekend event and kicked off with the 9H Design talks on “Amphibious Lagos”.

The monthly tours put a spotlight on a number of buildings, including The Deenal School by UCA as well as the JOI House by Chuka Ihonor and the LASWA Ferry Terminal/Office by ACCL, both of which you can see here. The main weekend event was split into 6 tours (over a two day period), 2 of which we had the opportunity to attend. Heres a look at what we experienced.

STYLE LOFT BOX

Saturday saw us partake in the Ikoyi tour and visit the Style Loft Box, a fashion, beauty and lifestyle mini-mall, built using over 30 shipping containers. The development is the brain child of Nigerian fashion designer Mariam Afolabi and is home to the Mazelle fashion brand for which she serves as creative director. The mini-mall features a suite of facilities including boutiques, a perfumery, beauty salons, a restaurant and even a photo studio.

A BOAT RIDE ALONG FIVE COWRIES CREEK

The Laswa Ferry terminal was the take off point for the Sunday Water tour that would take us to Ilashe where we would visit Villa Blanche, Vista Rama Beach House and the POP Beach Club. A few notable landmarks spotted along the way.

ARRIVING ILASHE

VILLA BLANCHE

 

VISTA RAMA BEACH HOUSE

The second stop of the beach tour was the Vista Rama or T1 beach house by Lagos-based CMD+A, a tropical 3 bedroom ‘get-away’  with beach access and great view of the atlantic ocean. You can see more detail about the design in our previous feature of the project.

POP BEACH CLUB

Our last stop on the tour was the PoP Beach club, a fairly popular stop along this strip of beach. The club sits on an acre of beach front and features a club house with a roof terrace, a large swimming pool flanked by cabanas and beach chairs. There’s also a lounge area, a tennis court, table tennis, beach volley ball, and 5 aside pitch as well as two chalets.

HEADING BACK TO THE BOAT