Architecture of Tuvalu
Most of the historic and traditional architecture in Tuvalu
is in the form of housing. The houses in Tuvalu were, and still are, primarily made
of wood and these rectangular structures were simple in design and appearance. They
often stand a bit above the ground and have thatched roofs. Villages also had a
meeting house, which was large enough to fit much of the community.
With the arrival of the Europeans the greatest initial change
to the architecture came in building materials and techniques. Some foreign materials
were added, such as nails, but it was the new woods and more durable joining materials
that truly changed the architecture as structures survived much longer due to better
construction. In more recent years the building materials have continued to change
as they now primarily consist of imported materials, although these can be very
expensive so not accessible to much of the population.