Geography

The flavour of the Pacific

The islands of the Pacific are as renowned for their exotic cultures as for their sapphire lagoons and coral reefs. Part of the islands' distinctive flavour comes from the amalgamation of colonial influences with time-honoured practices, and nowhere is this meeting of worlds more visible than in an architecture which blends modern and traditional materi­als, techniques and design concepts. In his recently pub­lished book Pacific Island Style (from which the pictures on the following pages are reprinted), Auckland photographer Glenn Jowitt documents the diversity of island buildings.

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