The brief from the Samoan Government was to create an architectural interpretation of Samoa ‘looking forward,’ while drawing inspiration from their rich cultural heritage.

Project Name: High Commission of Samoa
Studio Name:
Cox Architecture
Completion date: 2017
Building levels: 2
Location: Canberra, Australia
Photography: Ben Wrigley

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Exterior View ©Ben Wrigley

The design philosophy was based on recognition of traditional Samoan ‘Fale’ structures and the important role they play in the day to day communal activities at all levels of Samoan society.

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Living Room ©Ben Wrigley

The Fale structures are built in either circular or rectangular plan form and utilise arched timber roof structures, thatching, and heavy timber columns.

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Conference Hall ©Ben Wrigley

The Fale is an important open meeting place while more private family activities are held in separate, simpler enclosures. The design emphasis is focussed on the publicly accessible main foyer and associated external garden areas.

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