5 Most Popular Nigerian House Styles

Do you want to know the names of those Nigerian house styles you have always admired, then, this post is for you! This post explains with pictures the 5 most popular Nigerian house styles found in all major cities in the country.

The 5 most popular Nigerian house styles

The five most popular Nigerian house styles are:

  1. Neoclassical
  2. Victorian
  3. Modern
  4. Postmodern
  5. Eclectic
5 Most Popular Nigerian House Styles

Neoclassical Style

This is the revival of Classical architecture that started during the 18th and early 19th centuries. Neoclassical architecture can be described as a slightly simplifies and more functional version of classical architecture. It is characterized by grandeur of scale, simplicity of geometric forms, dramatic use of columns, and a preference for blank walls. Examples are;

House at Milverton residence, Ikoyi, Lagos
House at Amen Estate, Eleko Beach Road, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos
House at Asokoro district, Abuja. Photo: Property Centre
House at Gana Street, adjacent to the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja
House at Jerico GRA, Ibadan, Oyo

Victorian style

Victorian architecture marks the movement from a sentimental phase to one of greater exactitude. Much Victorian design consisted of adapting the decorative details and rich colour combinations of Italian, and especially Venetian, Gothic. Though ornamentation could be elaborate, it was usually not superficially applied but grew rationally out of the form and material used. Examples are;

House at Maitama district, Abuja. Photo: Property centre
House aat Maitama district, Abuja. Photo: Property centre
House aat Banana Island, Ikoyi

Modern style

Modern architecture was based upon new and innovative technologies of construction, particularly the use of glass, steel and reinforced concrete; the idea that form should follow function; an embrace of minimalism; and a rejection of ornament. It emerged in the first half of the 20th century and became dominant after World War II until the 1980s. Examples are;

House in Lagos. Photo: Livinspace
House in Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos. Photo: Property Centre
House in Magodo, Lagos. Photo: Playinarchitecture
House at Mikasa residence, Abuja. Photo: Livinspace

Postmodern style

Postmodern architecture is a style or movement which emerged in the 1960s as a reaction against the austerity, formality, and lack of variety of modern architecture. The style flourished from the 1980s through the 1990s. In the late 1990s, it divided into a multitude of new tendencies, including high-tech architecture, neo-futurism and deconstructivism.

Modern architecture is part of a cosmopolitan look that is uniform and purposeful, while postmodernism seeks a more unique look that emphasizes originality and local flavour. Learn more. Examples are;

House at Parkview, Ikoyi, Lagos. Photo: SiSa
House in Pinnock estate, Lagos

House in Lagos
House in Lagos

Eclectic style

Eclecticism is a nineteenth and twentieth-century architectural style in which a single piece of work incorporates a mixture of elements from previous historical styles to create something that is new and original. In architecture and interior design, these elements may include structural features, furniture, decorative motives, distinct historical ornament, traditional cultural motifs or styles from other countries, with the mixture usually chosen based on its suitability to the project and overall aesthetic value. Examples are;

House in Lekki, Lagos, Photo: Property centre
Hoise iin Lekki, Lagos. Photo: Property centre
House in Lekki, Lagos. Photo: Property centre

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