BORA BORA MUSEUM
The Museum of Oceanic Art in Bora Bora is to display a private collection of Oceanic Artifacts and collections from throughout the Pacific and to have supporting commercial boutiques, cafes, restaurants and an aquarium that will be housed in a sustainably designed series of buildings.
The aesthetic is a modern interpretation of the Papua New Guinean ‘Men’s House’, a tall ceremonial building having a strong presence and grandeur. The site sits below Mt Pahia and acts as a solid backdrop. The form is also inspired by the natural cooling effect developed through the ‘venturii effect’ as a result of this uniquely shaped ‘A-frame’ building.
The site and building is set up directly opposite the wharf and the main visitor gateway to the heart of Vaitape. The site opens up into a welcoming courtyard with a supporting ‘active’ frontage to the museum and facilities, with passive cooling and shading techniques used within the design.