Ilewa, meaning “our land” in the Yoruba language, is a farm born out of a desire to address the challenge of sourcing fresh high quality vegetables from local outdoor markets and supermarkets in Lagos, Nigeria. This project aims to change the face of agriculture in Nigeria, and overcome infrastructural issues such as poor roads and lack of cold storage facilities due to scarcity of power, resulting in massive amounts of food wastage every year in Nigeria. As most of the food consumed in the city is trucked down either from the northern part of the country or the neighbouring countries, Ilewa is a city farm that would overcome these infrastructural issues and allow the city to meet the challenges of feeding an ever-growing population. Furthermore, Ilewa seeks to make farming an attractive option to the growing unemployed youths in the city and create a means of sustainable employment.

Working with ORE Design, Ilewa is a unique solution to urban farming. Utilizing local reclaimed materials and local labor to realize the modular farm, Ilewa revolutionizes urban agriculture in Lagos, creating a system that is easy to implement and replicate, thereby producing jobs and food quickly. Utilizing empty plots of land around the city that are currently not being used by the owners, Ilewa therefore is envisioned as a modular farm that could easily be disassembled and moved to another site once the owners were ready to use their land.

Client: Moji Swartjes
Program: Urban Farm
Area: 1,200 m²
Status: Construction in Progress
Project Architect: Thomas Kosbau
Design Team: Layman Lee, Michelle Mortensen, Lukas Debiasi