Architecture of the Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands main form of historic architecture
came in housing. Most houses in the islands were made of wood and had simple roofs
covered in leafs. They tended to be tall to keep them cool, but they varied in shape.
The houses also varied in other ways as some were built on rocks, while others were
built on the ground; some had fire pits inside them, while others didn't; and
some had thatched siding to act as blinds while others were simply open.
Villages often had a community house and the chief tended to have a larger house
than the rest of the people. Men and women often lived separately as men lived in
one house while women and children lived in another.
A relative oddity in Solomon Islands was the use
of stone in some construction. There are a few remains of historic stone structures,
including the Bao Shine (1200s) and the Nusa Roviana Fortress (1300-1800s). It seems,
based on archeology, that stone structures existed much earlier, although none of
these are still standing.