LOCATION: Palace of the Nations, Geneve, Switzerland
CLIENT: State of Qatar for the United Nations
CATEGORY: Mesh Sheets
TYPOLOGY: Wall and ceiling covering
MATERIALS AND FINISHES:
side A Varnished Okumè side B Okumè 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.
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.
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.
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.