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Lantern House By cmDesign Atelier- House designs in Nigeria

The house, named the Lantern, was built to accommodate a Lagosian family living on Banana Island, in Lagos which is a private island in the Lagos Lagoon situated on the shores of the old Ikoyi neighbourhood.

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The House designs in Nigeria is a five-bedroom and seven-bathroom, 911sqm residence is an oasis of its own and an emblem of Tosin Oshinowo’s afro-chic design style.

It features sleek, clean lines, a blend of sophisticated geometric patterns to highlight texture, depth and materials, along with creative use of light for creating a glimmer of warmness on both the inside and outside of the house.


The project is the first venture of the firm located on Banana Island, which is an exclusive location and it is home to some of the city’s most prestigious.

 The island that was created by man has one of the most expensive property values in Nigeria as well as an impressive infrastructure for power, water, and drainage system.

The residence itself is also based on advanced technology and was constructed in conjunction with the most advanced technology and particular climate decisions in creating shading, cross-ventilation and local material to make sure it is eco-friendly and sensitive to climate.

Details of House designs in Nigeria

Architects: cmDesign Atelier
Area: 911 m²
Year: 2022
Photographs:Tolu Sanusi
Manufacturers: ACL homemart, Aplus Nigeria, EBM Nigeria, Interstyle Nigeria, Luadi Porte, Spotlight International, Waste To Biotech
Lead Architect: Tosin Oshinowo
Structural Engineering: Starkwood Associates
Services Engineering: Topklan Engineering Services
Interior Designers: Seven, Six & Ten Interiors
Landscape: cmDesign Atelier
Main Contractor: Bulwark Construction

Client's Need for their modern nigerian houses

The client’s brief was to design a five-ensuite bedroom smart sustainability-conscious home with two living rooms, a study, a swimming pool, support services and grounds for entertaining on two-thirds of a standard plot.

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The property opens towards the east and this is why the house was planned to allow every one of the rooms to towards the east-facing natural light that is vital to the purpose of the residence.

The soft influx of sunlight and natural light that is accentuated by its high ceilings as well as the tall windows, make the room appear larger, more airy and more lively.


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Living in an open plan with views of areas that are programmed located on the ground floor creates a spacious, free and inviting area where families can gather and connect, as well as simple access to the outdoor space as well as the swimming pool.

This allows an effortless flow between the outdoor and indoor areas of the house which is an important benefit for Lagos’s humid climate.

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It also offers several layers of privacy that increase as the house is arranged vertically up the home, akin to the requirements for cultural sensitivity in the traditional Yoruba family setting, and crucial to a multigenerational lifestyle.

To meet the need to have privacy as well as distinct living areas in certain areas of the home and the master bedroom includes a 58 square meter closet with skylights which let sunlight. light throughout the room. 

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A further important feature is the double spiral staircase which runs throughout the entire structure.

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House design in Nigeria-Modern Nigerian house's Interior

The design of the interior is overseen directly by the client who runs an interior design practice in Lagos.

The simple movements of the architectural style with an edgier style, which incorporates vibrant colours and patterns along with bronze relief paintings by the most well-known Nigerian artist.

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Similar to the family space on the ground floor the higher floors are also designed to provide a seamless transition between outdoor and indoor areas, including a private outdoor patio located at the top level, which is adjacent to the master bedroom.

The outside of the structure has solid structural walls as well as glass. It is adorned with steel screen to create the appearance of a sturdy and porous building all in one go.

In the daytime the insides are full of natural light as the sun’s rays reflect and highlight the pattern of the screen. In the night the inside shines brightly through the pattern screens, giving a glowing look.

Sources- Archdaily

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