Architecture of Suriname
The pre-Columbian architecture in Suriname was simple and
little to no original architecture from this time period remains. Most of the buildings
were houses and were constructed of wood and other natural materials that break
down over time. Despite the fact that no original houses exist, there can still
be houses found in these traditional styles inland. Most were built off the ground
on stilts or in trees in order to prevent flooding.
With the arrival of Europeans, particularly the
British and Dutch, the architecture in
Suriname changed. New structures, such as churches were introduced as
were new building techniques and styles, but the building materials used changed
little as wood remained the primary construction material.
The styles and designs of the buildings in Suriname became
very European as Dutch and British designs dominated the landscape. The nearby
Caribbean also had a slight influence on the buildings, but not nearly as much as
the British and Dutch had.