Kutubu Convention Centre

  • © Grimshaw
  • © Grimshaw
  • © Michael Kai
  • © Michael Kai
  • © Michael Kai
  • © Michael Kai
  • © Michael Kai
  • © Michael Kai
  • © Michael Kai
  • © Michael Kai
  • © Michael Kai
  • © Michael Kai
  • © Michael Kai
  • © Michael Kai
  • © Michael Kai
  • © Michael Kai
  • © Michael Kai
  • © Michael Kai
  • © David Collins
  • © David Collins

Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Highly Commended

Region

Not in UK/ROI

Local Authority Area

Not in UK/ROI

Information about this scheme

Named after Lake Kutubu in the Southern Highlands province of Papua New Guinea, the Kutubu Convention Centre is the centrepiece of Star Mountain Plaza, an integrated mixed-use development comprising two hotels, offices, residences, retail, restaurants and bars, and a multi-purpose cultural facility. Located in nation’s capital of Port Moresby, Kutubu is centrally sited between the airport and harbour precincts on a five-hectare former stone-quarry site. The site is organised around a central circular plaza which allows direct access to the buildings and arrival space. The convention centre and hotel are oriented on a north-south axis and linked through a subterranean service building that contains kitchens, staff areas, and a loading dock. The hotel pool, native gardens and outdoor amphitheatre are built on and around the service building, completely disguising it within the site. Set over four levels, the convention centre is designed around a 600-seat state-of-the-art event space which is submerged to join the service building and provide direct access to the amphitheatre. At ground level, escalators provide access to the event space while a grand stair leads to the level 1 function space, meeting rooms, and a gallery which overlooks the amphitheatre and connects to the indigenous themed ‘Mumu’ restaurant and gardens. Hovering above these spaces is the monumental roof of Kutubu, inspired by the traditional timber long houses which form the heart of Papua New Guinea’s rural villages. As the visual landmark of the development, the roof spans 30m wide, 100m long, and rises over 16m above the ground to protect the spaces beneath from the tropical sun and rain. The curved timber frames of the roof are one-metre thick and the structure cantilevers on the north and south ends, and on the western edge it is lifted into a six-metre-deep canopy that opens towards the hotel and arrival spaces. Materials, colours and patterns selected for the interiors pay homage to Papua New Guinea’s traditional measure of currency, the cowrie shell, as well as the region’s landscape and environment and indigenous craft traditions. With over 12,000 native species planted on the site, and a curated program of indigenous artwork integrated into the development, the project enables visitors and locals alike to experience and take pride in the culture of Papua New Guinea. Designed for the 2018 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference, Kutubu Convention Centre is a legacy project and nation building initiative which encourages integration with the wider business district and local community. Kutubu has not only set a new benchmark for architectural quality in the region, but also for worker welfare having provided free training and health care for all staff during construction, and now employing local personnel for its operation and management.

Credits

Architect

Grimshaw

Architect

Ignite Architects

Structural Engineer

BGT NZ

Services Engineer

NDY NZ

Quantity Surveyor

RLB NZ

Fa├žade Engineering

AECOM NZ

Specialist Timber Engineer

Kirk Roberts NZ

Client

Stratum Unlimited

Primary Use Class

Class D2 - Assembly and Leisure