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Project Moale
PROJECTS FACTS CREDITS
 Masterplan
Owner | Operator : Nuobello Holdings Limited
Location : Port Morsby, Papua New Guinea
Date : 2020
Concept : INTRODUCTION:
 
PROJECT MOALE represents and unique opportunity to contribute to the revitalization of the Port Moresby Port Precinct. Equally the aspirational growth of Port Moresby to become an international business and leisure destination and an internationally modern and sustainable residential community.
 
Port Moresby and Papua New Guinea are well positioned to take a leading position in the economic and travel international stage given its natural resources, exponential growth potential complimented by its rich cultural heritage and spectacular natural environment.  
 
PROJECT MOALE is equally positioned to become a leading example of modern urban revitalization, and an international example of a large-scale mixed-use development that is commercially successful, culturally sensitive and environmentally sustainable. This project will provide substantial public benefit to Port Moresby Port Precinct and to all of Papua New Guinea for generations.
 
The opportunity is abundant and clear.
 
 
SITE FEATURES | ASSETS:
 
The PROJECT MOALE site is the Port Precinct located in Port Moresby Town, located on the peninsula of Port Moresby Harbor. Papua New Guinea and Port Moresby is known and defined by its epic natural environment including mountainous terrain, isolated islands and spectacular coastlines. 
 
The land surrounding the site is dominated naturally by Paga Hill, Touaguba Hill and bodies of water on two sides, Port Moresby Harbor and Walter Bay. The site is also located in a revitalized commercial, residential and cultural center.  Dramatic hills frame the city centre and commercial core of Port Moresby Town. The topography of the surrounding hills and ridge-lines are a dominant landscape feature, providing breath-taking views of the Port Moresby Harbour to the north and Walter Bay to the south. The site has unobstructed harbor and views to the hills.  The setting is unique, impressive and significantly inspired the master planning, features and form.
 
Located along and accessed by Stanley Esplanade is a key practical feature providing direct access to the site, links to the region and easy access to land and sea transportation hubs and other commercial properties.
 
The site itself is a former seaport, the terrain level and contains no significant natural features. A deep-water channel provides the opportunity for deep water vessel moorings along the site water edge.
 
MASTER PLAN: DESIGN OBJECTIVES:
 
Key Master Plan Objectives:
Revitalize the Port Precinct with a commercially viable injection of retail, residential, leisure, entertainment, cultural and commercial businesses. 
 
Create a secure and self-contained live, work and play community convenient for the residents and a destination venue for outside residents of Port Moresby to enjoy the entertainment, dining and shopping.
 
Revitalize the existing port waterfront with foreshore access, waterfront shopping and dining esplanade for residents, guests, and outside visitors.
 
PROJECT MORESBY will be a destination property and transportation link between the Port Moresby Port Precinct and the town center.  
 
The Architectural planning and massing designed to capture the spectacular sea views, surrounding hills and commercial center while maintaining the view corridors from the hills above. 
 
Learn, utilize, and advance regional and internationally acclaimed and successful CBD and waterfront mixed use developments.
 
Provide green open spaces, pedestrian esplanades, retail plazas, civic spaces, and access to the waterfront.
 
International, high quality modern planning and architectural residences, commercial and retail spaces
Tropical modern architecture and planning inspired by Papua New Guinea heritage architecture and responsive to the local climate and environmentally sustainable.
 
Architectural footprints, floor area ratios, massing and heights adhering to local regulations and respectful to Touaguba and Paga Hills. 
 
Providing visual and physical connections to Stanley Esplanade, the adjacent sea and land transportation centers and the colonial city grid perpendicular to the project site.
 
 
CONCEPTS: 
Papua New Guinea is a nation of rich diversity. Environmentally from the highlands to the islands, indigenous local cultures, wildlife, and fauna. It is home to over 800 languages with an epic natural beauty. Mountains, highlands, tropical forests, remote islands, natural harbors, and spectacular coastlines are significant assets. This rich natural environment and cultural diversity is the design inspiration for the master planning form, the architectural forms and style and the landscape design. 
 
The topography of Paga Hill and Touaguba Hill have inspired the master plan form.  Curved landforms, hills and terraces are created within the site which merge seamlessly with the topography of the hills. The undulating, terraced Paga Hill and Touaguba cascade down, across Stanley Esplanade and continue to flow through the project site to the revitalized water’s edge. Rather than a rational, gridded intervention, the master plan form is nascent, soft, and organic. As if primeval and ancient as the Port Moresby hills. 
 
The architectural massing equally merges seamlessly with the organic topography. Curved, terraced and semi-rational in form.  It seeks to be non-architecture by nature and places a greater emphasis on the landscape. Merged and seamless. All residential tower structures are raised above grade as a reference Papua New Guinea tribal architectural heritage.
The architectural façade style is Tropical Modern in reference and responsive to the local climate. Horizontal façade projections provide depth and sunscreen. Large openings and terraces in the façade provide natural ventilation. A second screen façade, with its pattern inspired and derived from local cultural | artistic influences.
 
Green facades are proposed to further merge the architecture with the landscape. Tropical atriums, gardens are terraces are inserted into the building masses. Balconies contain tropical planters with cascading plants and vines.
 
Iconic, signature buildings are inspired by and modern interpretations of the heritage architecture. Natural in material and organic in shape, they the PROJECT MOALE signature structures.