Architecture and design lovers will rejoice in visiting some of Port Moresby’s iconic buildings, boasting impressive mosaic facades and innovative shapes.
The National Parliament House
Built in Haus Tambaran style (house of spirits), the towering mosaic façade depicting Papua New Guinean motifs is one of the reasons to visit the striking National Parliament House. Inspired by the traditional sacred houses in the Maprik region of East Sepik province, the rocket-shaped roof pointing to the sky, gives the building a futuristic look.
The Bank of South Pacific
Designed in the 1970s by an Australian architect James Birrell, the facade of the Bank of South Pacific is renowned for its figures inspired by traditional drawings. In soft-hue green and featuring playful forms, the BSP building is a real treat for design lovers.
The International Convention Center Building
Located in Waigani, the International Convention Center Building was completed in 2015. The design of its large pillars was inspired by traditional drawings from Sepik and Gulf regions. It is as if the traditional spiritual guards were looking after this modern building.
The APEC Haus
Built on reclaimed land in front of Ela Beach in Port Moresby, APEC Haus has been completed in 2018 and is already a new iconic building of Papua New Guinea. The design of the roof was inspired by Lakatoi Sail, a traditional crab claw sail used but local Motu tribe.