Komo is a remote town in Papua New Guinea that was heavily damaged by an earthquake in February 2018, during the development of this proposal. Responding to this and the existing condition of the town, the proposed masterplan builds on existing infrastructure and resources to create a diverse plan that will act as a catalyst for economic growth, environmental sustainability, tourism and culture, grounding itself in a design language specific to the region.

Type Retail, Interior
Location Komo, Papua New Guinea
Status Concept Design, 2018
Scale 12Ha
Renderings PoPUP
Team Danny Dobson, Anna Pierotello

Whilst suffering from lack of development and seemingly cut off physically and politically from other towns, the masterplan recognises the potential of the area, the natural resources, altitude and seeming idyllic climate which Komo enjoys year round.

The starting point was to improve on current infrastructure providing a framework into which the proceeding development could follow. The new 3.2km runway will be utilised to create a Freeport trading in agricultural products from Komo and the wider region. In doing this, we aim to set up Komo as a key stop-over for cargo planes to fill up on agricultural produce for sale in international markets. The runway also serves to bring in passengers and tourists to the area, and a network of hospitality retreats focussing on eco-tourism are planned in the Ecological Zone. The diversity of these programs provided by the development to the airstrip not only attracts international investors and clients but activates the town at different times throughout the year.

In the town, the old runway was referenced and transformed into a central boulevard, an axis into which key programs could plug into. At the projects heart is the development of international standard sports training facilities, taking advantage of the climate and location to provide high-altitude training facilities that can attract top athletes to the area.