Construction Begins On PNG Capital's Iconic APEC Haus

Building to be perched over the sea on Ela Beach, based on shape of traditional Motuan Lagatoi sail

By Gorethy Kenneth

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Oct. 20, 2016) – Papua New Guinea will soon see the construction of its newest and iconic architectural landmark – the APEC Haus which will be built over the sea outside Ela Beach in the National Capital District.

Officially launched this week, the K120 million [US$37 million] APEC Haus will be perched over the sea like Sydney’s Opera House and will be the only one to rival Parliament House with a traditional-oriented design.

But Minister for Sports and APEC Justin Tkatchenko argued that the unique design of the facility, which resembles a Lagatoi sail, will even rival iconic world sites.

It will take the shape of a traditional Motuan Lagatoi sail to recognise the Motu-Koita culture and Hiri Trade with its looped top which the modern day architectural design is influenced by.

Gas exploring giant Oil Search has injected K120 million from its tax credit scheme with the assistance from the PNG Government to fund the project.

"It will be an iconic landmark for our APEC leaders and visitors and offer conference and general facilities of world standard.

"When you see it from the air, or when you see it from the land or when you see it from a post card or on TV, or on the internet or facebook, you will symbolise and recognise it as Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

"Just like the Sydney Opera House is to Australia.

"It will remain and will leave a lasting legacy on Moresby South, on Ela Beach and raise our potential to host both local and any international meetings and conferences into the future.

"By 2018 this side of the city will be fully well developed and it will really truly show that Papua New Guinea is the Pacific leader.

"This facility will be used for the Leaders’ Summit, APEC meeting but after that it will be utlilised for conference, exhibitions, meetings and it will also have little cafes and restaurants and exercise areas around the building perimeter," Mr Tkatchenko said.

Oil Search managing director Peter Botten said it was a pleasure to deliver a long term legacy building for the people of PNG which will be of great use in the future after APEC 2018.

"PNG has been good to us and hopefully we can give something back through these sorts of schemes to PNG.

"There’s nothing greater that will bring PNG into the spotlight in its history than the bringing of world leaders.

"And the APEC House will be a real icon in portraying PNG to the world," he said.

Mr Tkatchenko said the APEC House is part of the Ela Beach redevelopment plan beginning at the currently built Koki Fish Market all the way to the Paga Ring road.

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We need better Health Services and better schools and roads, not fancy buildings, showing off.

This kind of money should be pumped into the existing universities we have to build human resource and development if Papua New Guinea wants to be the Pacific Leader... This APEC building has not done any risk assessment of the site it's going sit on and the land fill is suppose to sit for at least 3 to 5 years for the sediments to settle before any construction can be done on it.. The APEC building is a rushed project and the sediments of land fill has not settled yet...

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