Architecture of Kiribati
Kiribati's traditional architecture is simple and limited.
Most buildings were made of wood, stood a couple feet off the ground, and had thatched
roofs. These houses were small, but most villages also had community houses where
the people could gather. Beyond these homes, there was little architectural variation
in Kiribati prior to the arrival of the Europeans.
With the arrival of the Europeans and missionaries the architecture
changed in building materials, techniques, and use. Stronger woods and joining techniques
made buildings last longer. New materials, such as bricks were also introduced and
are common in the construction of churches, an addition brought by the Europeans
and the conversion to Christianity. Other materials, such as concrete and sheet
metal are also important as many houses use these materials for construction today.