Parliament of Samoa Maota Fono | Guida Moseley Brown Architects

2020 International Chapter Architecture Awards


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Parliament of Samoa Maota Fono | Guida Moseley Brown Architects

Public Architecture

The new Parliament of Samoa blends the tradition of Samoan culture with the requirements of a modern legislative council. Located on the Mulinu’u Peninsula near Apia, the Parliament sits on a narrow strip of land 250 metres wide projecting into the Pacific Ocean. The new Parliament (Maota Fono) references the iconic domed forms of the Fono house, and reinterprets its architectural language in a contemporary way as a modern expression of civic meeting. Within, timber, integrated artworks and carving, concealed technology and strong use of symbolic colour embody the spirit of Samoa and characterize a debate chamber for 65 members, public seating for 300 people as well as meeting rooms that accommodate the legislative function. The Parliament of Samoa is a symbol of stable democracy in the Pacific and the capability of the Samoan construction industry.

 

Parliament of Samoa Maota Fono | Guida Moseley Brown Architects | Photographer: Simon Devitt

Client perspective:
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This building is a symbol of Samoa’s long-standing and enduring partnership with the Government of Australia. This new Parliament building will ensure improved access for the people of Samoa to parliamentary processes and support good governance strategies. The building is modern, functional and cost effective, and is appropriately fitted out to support and meet the 21st century needs of Samoa’s parliamentary processes and practices. Furthermore, it is a showcase of quality skills of our local tradesmen and women and something that Samoa can be proud of as a symbol of our national identity.’ ​’This building is a symbol of Samoa’s long-standing and enduring partnership with the Government of Australia. This new Parliament building will ensure improved access for the people of Samoa to parliamentary processes and support good governance strategies. The building is modern, functional and cost effective, and is appropriately fitted out to support and meet the 21st century needs of Samoa’s parliamentary processes and practices. Furthermore, it is a showcase of quality skills of our local tradesmen and women and something that Samoa can be proud of as a symbol of our national identity.

Architect

Practice TEAM

Harold Guida – Design Architect

John Guida – Design Architect

Will Gardner – Project Architect

Sophia Lee – Graduate of Architecture

Morgan Roberts – Graduate of Architecture

Kristin Hamer – Graduate of Architecture

Daniel Schorn – Student of Architecture

Duncan Stewart – Graduate of Architecture

Anton Knedlhans – Student of Architecture

Josephine Stortini – Architectural Technician

Andrew Novinc – Architectural Technician

CONSULTANT AND CONSTRUCTION TEAM

Craig Construction – Builder

Manteena – Project Manager

Rob Jessop P/L – Environmental Scientist Northrop, Civil Consultant

Northrop – Structural Engineer

Northrop – Hydraulic Consultant

Norman Disney Young – Electrical Consultant

Norman Disney Young – Mechanical Consultant

Rudds – Acoustic Consultant

Rider Levett Bucknall – Quantity Surveyor

Simon Devitt – Photographer

Project Location

Apia, Samoa

Our partners

Principal Partner
Major National Partners
National Corporate Partners
National Supporting Partners

​National Insurance Partner

National Media Partner