Architecture of Vanuatu
Historic architecture in Vanuatu is primarily limited to
housing, which was, and sometimes still is, very simple in design and appearance.
These houses, called tamma, were traditionally triangular in shape (with
the point of the triangle facing the direction from which tropical storms come),
made of wood, and topped with a thatched roof. Most houses also had space for a
garden nearby and each village usually had a community house.
With the arrival of the Europeans the buildings changed slightly.
Stronger wood, joining materials, and roofing were introduced. New structures were
also introduced, such as churches, schools, and other public buildings. These structures
were often built in European styles and with western materials, such as concrete
and bricks. Port-Vila is perhaps the best, and one of the only places to see modern
constructions in Vanuatu.