The Ikoyi residence is a high luxury project for domestic living. It features 5 apartments unevenly stacked in a highly convoluted spatial manner. The idea is drawn from the southwestern dwellings near water which relates to the space and the history of Yorùbá and Igbo dwelling-proximity to water… not as luxury, but typology. Here, luxury is recalibrated as a typology and not as class or hierarchy. The living systems of people near water in ‘old’ south western space was due to migration or displacement results as well as communal need. The socio-spatial benefit is much more complicated than luxury.

In the Ikoyi project, the architecture addresses this by attempting a social recalibration in which water balances class and typology with allusions from old South western living. The project results in 5 floating pools which transcend swimming as use. It also includes West Africa’s first artificial waterfall in a fully non-commercial residential space. Throughout the project, water is used as a material for living rather than full spectacle. It engages and interrogates the zeitgeist status of pools and other water bodies in residences, as objects of