A donation from Qatar has enabled a fresh face to be given to Room XIX of the United Nations’ offices in Geneva. The largest assembly room, measuring in at 4000 sqare metres with 320 delegate desks was redesigned by PEIA studio to create a modern geometric interior that pays homage to traditional Arab culture.
The vaulted ceiling and curved sides serve to exemplify the founding principles of the UN, whilst the desks are designed as individual modules that can be combined and manouvered. The decors are inspired by the characteristically Arabic mashrabiya patterns, with porcelain stonewaretiles cut into triangles that bring together wood, bronze, and white.
Casalgrande Padana was sepcified to work alongside PEIA studio, with their large format Marte Thassos porcelain stoneware tiles utilised to present an uninterupted base surface, whilst other floors feature the alternating finishes of Pietra del Cardoso and Zinco Titano. The walls take inspiration from the historical building in which the offices reside, with wall coverings in Travertino Bianco making reference to numerous design elements.
Various technological innovations have been incorporated into the hall to ensure comfort for the delegates, including a circadian lighting system and a motorised opening system that offers a view over the Park, Lake Geneva, and Mont Blanc.
A new post by Hanna Simpson, Diary of a Tile Addict, March 2020.