Kunlé Adeyemi’s Floating Music hub has finally taken to the water in the port city of Mindelo, Cape Verde – creating a recording studio and gig venue for the city’s musicians.
The buoyant wooden structure is based on a modular system developed by the architect back in 2012, which, at the time, was used in a prototype floating school in Lagos. For Cape Verde’s music hub, Adeyemi has similarly used sustainable timber and an A-frame structure, installing coloured windows that resemble oversized bits of stained glass.
The Floating Music Hub is made up of three structures, accessed by a walkway that stretches over the water. There’s space for people to perform, a recording studio, bar and canteen for thirsty gig-goers – each housed in a separate building.
NLÉ, Adeyemi’s architecture practice, describes the hub as ‘a vessel of return, to promote music, dance, art, fashion and other creative industries in Africa and the African diaspora’.