Actually I should caveat this by saying I definitely didn’t get a chance to explore the incredibly diverse country. At least in Port Moresby and East New Britain (both coastal areas), the homes were all raised onto stilts – fantastic wooden coastal architecture.
Often the raised homes would have part of the lower level enclosed into a small office or storage space with the other open area of the concrete slab reserved for more storage and lounging or visiting.
The below, colorful Rabaul police station is also raised on stilts, but not as high as residences, which allow living space beneath the enclosed second floor house area.
Many of the homes in this Kokopo neighborhood have solar water heaters on their roofs.
This neighborhood is also home to the Catholic nursing school campus.