UN PALACE, XIX ROOM – Geneva, Switzerland

ARCHITECT: Peia Associati

LOCATION: Palace of the Nations, Geneve, Switzerland

CLIENT: State of Qatar for the United Nations

YEAR: 2019

AREA: 1000sqm

CATEGORY: Mesh Sheets

TYPOLOGY: Wall and ceiling covering

MATERIALS AND FINISHES: 

side A Varnished Okumè
side B Okumè

PHOTO CREDITS: Delfino Sisto Legnani – DSL Studio 

Three-dimensional wood-panelled ceiling by WOOD-SKIN for UN Palace

WOOD-SKIN covers the dome and walls of the new Assembly Hall of the United Nations Palace in Geneva. A flowing expanse of wooden ‘dunes’ clads the circular hall, featuring the patented process that allows the digital design of flexible three-dimensional coverings.

Three-dimensional wood-panelled ceiling by WOOD-SKIN for UN Palace

WOOD-SKIN is the design and technical partner for the renovation of the United Nations Room XIX in Geneva, commissioned to the architectural firm PEIA Associati, through a generous donation from the State of Qatar. The project reinterprets the diplomacy, tradition, calligraphy and the landscape of Qatar through contemporary materials, technologies and design languages.

Three-dimensional wood-panelled ceiling by WOOD-SKIN for UN Palace

The realization of this room embodies the best of Italian design and know-how. PEIA Associati, a world-class architectural firm, has chosen the AI Group as its engineering support and CCM as its general contractor.

For the furnishings, finishes, and lighting, WOOD-SKIN worked alongside Matteo Grassi, FLOS, Casalgrande Padana and Wallpepper. Other European and international partners include Taiden/Media-Vision, Wilkhahn, and Krion/Porcelanosa.

Three-dimensional wood-panelled ceiling by WOOD-SKIN for UN Palace

The hall, with a capacity of 800 and an area of 4,000 square meters, is the largest and most technologically advanced of the UN, a model for future projects.

Three-dimensional wood-panelled ceiling by WOOD-SKIN for UN Palace

The restyling of the ceiling was done with Mesh Sheets, the most iconic product of the WOOD-SKIN family, which allows total freedom of form. The result is an architectural macro-membrane of about 1,000 square meters in okumè, warm and very lightweight wood with a flamed grain, perfect for anchoring to the pre-existing historical structure.

Three-dimensional wood-panelled ceiling by WOOD-SKIN for UN Palace

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