Gallery: Jean-Michel Cousteau Eco Resort Showcases Traditional Building

The large overhanging roof provides shade and allows hot air to rise up and out of the main room.

Photo by Bridgette Meinhold for Inhabitat

The resort is located on a peninsula outside of the town of Savusavu on the second largest island of Fiji. Surrounding the property off the coast are beautiful coral reefs, which have been designated as a marine reserve and are open for snorkeling and diving, but not for fishing. Clams are being cultivated right off the resort’s dock to repopulate the surrounding clam population. Previous owners of the resort had cut down the mangroves in the resort, but under new management, the mangroves are being restored in order to restore the balance of the eco system and minimize erosion.

The resort itself is modeled after of a traditional Fijian village and makes use of traditional architecture and construction techniques along with natural materials. “bures”, or bungalows, are used as the individual guest rooms and are topped with steeply pitched thatch roofs. The tall ceilings let the hot air rise, while louvered windows allow for natural cross ventilation when open and project the interior from rain or storms when closed.


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