Noumea is the capital of New Caledonia, an island in the Pacific Ccean. Settled by both Britain and France during the first half of the 19th century, the island became a French possession in 1853. It served as a penal colony for four decades after 1864. French influence can be felt everywhere; from the food you eat to the shops that flank the highstreets. I looked towards the Indigenous community for inspiration.